Kendall Bousquet, Helms Hurts: How the US Prevents Thousands of Women from Accessing Safe Abortions Each Year, The Solutions Journal, Volume 7, Issue 1, February 2016, Pages 29-31 (https://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/article/helms-hurts-how-the-us-prevents-thousands-of-women-from-accessing-safe-abortions-each-year/) Abstract: During a visit to Kenya in the summer of 2015, President Barack Obama gave a rousing speech to a crowd of Kenyan youth at a soccer stadium in Nairobi, citing the advancement of women's rights as a major factor in the country's progress. "Treating women as second-class citizens is a bad tradition," said Obama. "It holds you back. There's no excuse for sexual assault or domestic violence… These traditions may go back centu-ries; they have no place in the 21st century. They are issues of right or wrong in any culture."1 The speech was well received by many of the young Kenyans in attendance, but for all of its gender equality rhetoric, drew severe criticism from several Kenyan women's rights organiza-tions. The reason? Obama failed to address the controversial US foreign aid policy, the Helms Amendment, which precludes the use of any US aid dollars to fund abortions in other countries. As it is currently enforced, the policy acts as a blanket ban for the use of foreign aid … Topics: Globalization; Governance; Health; History