Even those who do not monitor our issues as vigilantly as we do cannot have missed the sustained assault that anti-choice forces have mounted this year across the United States—a scorched-earth campaign the likes of which we have never seen before, and against which we are fighting with all the resources we can muster.While we are fully engaged in this battle, this year also marked a significant step in our institutional development: We also opened regional offices in Colombia and Kenya, and will open an Asian office next year. The fundamental principles at stake in the struggle for reproductive rights—women’s rights to life, health, dignity, equality, and autonomy—remain constant from one nation to the next. Attacks on these principles in one region represent a threat to women in others. And every legal victory advancing reproductive rights—no matter where in the world it is attained—is a building block for strengthening the protection of these rights elsewhere. Rights, justice, and ideas are infectious: We cannot seal our borders to them.
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