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October 23, 2020 Press Release


October 23, 2020

Equity Forward Outlines Eight Transition Recommendations for the Next Administration

Changes at HHS and State Department are essential to reverse and repair the damaging impact of Trump administration policies

10.23.20 – Today, Equity Forward shared a series of recommendations for the next presidential administration to support the sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice movements, and implement science and evidence-based policymaking.

The list highlights a number of Equity Forward’s key areas of work that urgently need remedying after four years of the Trump Administration, which has gutted reproductive rights and LGBTQ rights. The memo focuses largely on politics and personnel at the State Department and the Department of Health and Human Services, two agencies that Equity Forward has collected extensive research and information on over the last three years. Those databases are available at Global Spotlight and HHS Watch

Some recommendations include: rescinding global and domestic gag rules on abortion and funding reproductive health care, protecting science and evidence-based policymaking, and ensuring civil and human rights for all.

“The next presidential administration must move immediately to reverse the Trump Administration’s dangerous policies on sexual and reproductive health, gender, and human rights," said Molly Bangs, Director of Equity Forward. “However, people in the United States and around the globe are also looking for more than just repair. They are seeking justice, progress and vision from the United States that expand rights and protections, that lift people up and support their health, well-being and communities. We need bold leadership, qualified appointees and evidence-based policies that will move the country forward, and ensure no one is left behind.”

Equity Forward will continue to research and advocate solutions to protect the human rights of women and LGBTQ folks in the US and around the world, especially for low-income and people of color who bear the brunt of policies that the Administration has implemented.