January, 2010

United States Renews Commitment to Achieving Global Development Goals

Health and Human Rights Organizations Applaud U.S. Support for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Reproductive Rights

This afternoon, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton commemorated the 15th anniversary of a major international agreement on health and human rights, stating a renewed U.S. commitment to making access to reproductive health care a “basic right.”   

“If we believe that human rights are women’s rights,” said Secretary Clinton “then we cannot accept the marginalization of half the world’s population.”  

“Women’s health is essential to the prosperity and health of all people,” said Secretary Clinton. “Investing in the health of women, adolescents and girls is not just the right thing to do; it’s the smart thing to do.”  Read more »

National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health Responds to Conviction of Scott Roeder in the Murder of Dr. George Tiller


The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health issued the following statement in response to the jury conviction of Scott Roeder for the murder of Dr. George Tiller.  Mr. Roeder was found guilty of first-degree murder.

“Today, after just minutes of deliberation,  a jury of Mr. Roeder’s peers rightfully found him guilty of murdering Dr. George Tiller. For years, extreme members of the anti-choice community have used threats of violence against reproductive health care clinics in an attempt to limit women’s legal reproductive rights. Today’s decision is an affirmation that abortion providers have the support of the justice system.

“Dr. Tiller was a faithful champion for women’s reproductive health in spite of the threats and constant intimidation he and his family faced. He recognized that women facing difficult health decisions need comfort and care, and placed the health and well-being of his patients above his own personal safety concerns. It is fitting that Dr. Tiller often wore a ‘Trust Women’ button.

“Our thoughts are with his family as they continue to mourn their loss. We are also hopeful that the conclusion of this trial will aid his congregation, which endured this violent murder in their sanctuary, as they continue their healing process.” Read more »