Rep. Katherine Clark (D-Mass.) called for a reproductive rights section to be added to the annual Human Rights Report and said that the Trump State Department is trying to “erase women” by taking reproductive rights out of its report.
“Reproductive rights are human rights. Hard stop,” Rep. Katherine Clark tweeted on March 7. “We won’t stand on the sidelines while Trump’s @StateDept tries to erase women. TY for standing in solidarity, @ElizabethBanks and @FelicityHuffman!!! #InternationalWomensDay2019 #ReproRightsAreHumanRights.”
Rep. Clark then tweeted on March 8 the following: “I'm honored to have your support for the #ReproRightsAreHumanRights Act! We won't let Trump erase the rights of women around the globe. TY for standing with women on #InternationalWomensDay - and every day- , @HillaryClinton! #reprorights."
Rep. Clark was responding to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who tweeted, “Important legislation introduced yesterday: The Reproductive Rights Are Human Rights Act would correct the Trump administration's dangerous decision to remove reporting on reproductive rights from the State Department's annual reports on human rights practices around the world.”
Last week, Rep. Clark along with Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) held a news conference to announce the introduction of the “Reproductive Rights are Human Rights Act.” This Bill would require the State Department to include a reproductive rights section in its annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices.
“In 2017, without warning or justification, President Trump’s State Department deleted all sections and references to women’s health and rights from their annual rights report,” said Rep. Clark in a speech outside the Capitol building. “True to form, this White House is attacking women by erasing them. Documenting and reporting human rights violations is central to eradicating them. Without this report, the U.S. cannot monitor, assess, and ensure that women can access maternal, sexual and reproductive health services.”
Rep. Clark continued “This report is a direct connection to the women and families seeking asylum at our southern border. The State Department’s Human Rights Report is used by immigration judges and asylum officers to grant women in dangerous situations the refuge they need as they come to our border fleeing sexual violence and assault. Again, the Trump administration is turning its back on our legacy as a country of sanctuary. It is turning its back on women. And today, we are taking action.”