US aid ban on abortions for women raped in war leaves UK compromised | Glenys Kinnock

From Aid | The Guardian Tue Feb 12 2013, 02:00:04

Prohibiting the use of foreign aid to provide access to safe abortions has repercussions far beyond US borders

Over many years, I have visited conflict-affected states where I have met women who have suffered the agony of rape, and where sexual violence is the shocking and specific consequence of conflict.

These women are often traumatised, stigmatised and ostracised by their families and communities. When they are pregnant as a result of rape, these consequences are compounded.

While there is welcome attention focused on the plight of women and girls raped in war, there are still significant gaps in the international response to this global scourge.

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