Washington Urged To Allow Women Raped By ISIS To Get U.S. Aided Abortions
Women raped by the Islamic State and other terror groups are not allowed access to US federal aid to get an abortion because of a decades-old law. Christian, Muslim and Jewish leaders are calling on President Obama to change the legislation.
It’s the Helms amendment, which was drafted 42 years ago, that forbids US foreign aid money from funding abortion “as a method of family planning or to motivate or coerce any person to practice abortion.”
But a group of prominent human rights and faith leaders, joined together by the Center for Health and Gender Equality (CHANGE), argue that women who have been raped by terrorists aren’t asking to end their pregnancies for “family planning purposes,”The Washington Post reported.
On its website, CHANGE has accused the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) of consistently misinterpreting “the Helms language to exclude funding for abortion services where it is not used as a method of family planning such as in the case of rape.”
CHANGE and the group of leaders have called on President Barack Obama to issue an executive order making government aid available for abortions in the case of rape and incest.
“President Obama has spoken compassionately about women and girls raped in war and conflict, but has failed to act on that compassion,” the group said in a June 4 news conference. More