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Bill Lane

Head of Individual Philanthropy

Bill is a senior-level Philanthropy, Communications, and Marketing leader in the INGO sector. He currently serves as the Head of Individual Philanthropy at IPPF, building strategic partnerships to support its global mission.

Articles by Bill Lane

Villager Kaddiatou Sogoba gets treatment from service provider and midwife Mariame Doumbia at the mobile clinic in Missala village outside Bamako, Mali.
04 July 2024

Two Years After Roe v. Wade’s Reversal, the Whole World is Feeling Its Effects

It’s been two years since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, revoking the constitutional right to an abortion. With U.S. headlines dominated by the “abortion wars,” it’s easy to forget that on a global scale, the rollback of women’s health and rights has put the U.S. in a lonely category: it is one of only four nations to restrict abortion access in decades, alongside El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Poland. The vast majority of nations are on an opposite trajectory towards expanding sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). In fact, over the past 30 years, more than 60 countries have brought down legal barriers to abortion. But the global trend towards liberalizing abortion is happening at the same time as a sinister counterforce: an anti-rights movement that wants to erode bodily autonomy. The fall of Roe has emboldened and invigorated these regressive forces around the globe, throwing a dangerous wrench in progress for many countries where activists, advocacy groups, and healthcare organizations have been fighting for years to chip away at stigmas and laws that stand in the way of abortion access. 

Villager Kaddiatou Sogoba gets treatment from service provider and midwife Mariame Doumbia at the mobile clinic in Missala village outside Bamako, Mali.
04 July 2024

Two Years After Roe v. Wade’s Reversal, the Whole World is Feeling Its Effects

It’s been two years since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, revoking the constitutional right to an abortion. With U.S. headlines dominated by the “abortion wars,” it’s easy to forget that on a global scale, the rollback of women’s health and rights has put the U.S. in a lonely category: it is one of only four nations to restrict abortion access in decades, alongside El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Poland. The vast majority of nations are on an opposite trajectory towards expanding sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). In fact, over the past 30 years, more than 60 countries have brought down legal barriers to abortion. But the global trend towards liberalizing abortion is happening at the same time as a sinister counterforce: an anti-rights movement that wants to erode bodily autonomy. The fall of Roe has emboldened and invigorated these regressive forces around the globe, throwing a dangerous wrench in progress for many countries where activists, advocacy groups, and healthcare organizations have been fighting for years to chip away at stigmas and laws that stand in the way of abortion access.