University of Miami Inter-American Law Review


The concepts of family planning and reproductive health rights are often obscured by the controversy that surrounds the topic of abortion. This controversy has substantially impacted the U.S.’s outlook on reproductive health rights and its support toward family planning organizations, often limiting funding and aid depending on each administration’s political views. While international law has recognized the importance of reproductive health rights and the necessity of family planning programs, the U.S. continues to fall be-hind when it comes to promoting such rights. This article calls for a bipartisan effort to end these regressive and harmful anti–abortion policies so that the U.S. can direct its aid to pursue positive health outcomes for women. Despite the politics of each administration, women’s health and the right to reproductive self–autonomy are human rights that should not be contingent on a political agenda.