The Helms Amendment has been used to ban foreign assistance from funding abortion services under any circumstances, even in cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the pregnant person.
This policy has real, devastating consequences on access to safe abortion care for millions of people around the world. Below are stories of women who are impacted by the policy.
The following stories contain content relating to sexual violence, forced marriage, and torture. These stories were collected in partnership with activist Lisa Shannon, founder of Every Woman Treaty. We have used pseudonyms as requested by the storytellers to protect their identities. For more information on our story collection process, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.