It’s worse than we thought. Trump didn’t just reinstate the global gag rule; he expanded it.
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In one of his first executive orders, President Donald Trump made clear that global women’s human rights are at risk. On Monday morning, Trump reinstated the Mexico City policy, also known as the ‘global gag rule’, which bans U.S. federal funding for any international health organizations or NGOs around the world that counsel women on family planning options that include access to safe abortion.
Experts say that the expanded rule means that rather than having an effect on $600 million in U.S. foreign aid, the global gag rule will affect $9.5 billion. The result? Reduced resources not just for reproductive health information, but reduced access to birth control, sex education, and HIV testing.
“This is much bigger than abortion,” said Musimbi Kanyoro, President and CEO of Global Fund for Women. “The global gag rule affects family planning, maternal health, HIV prevention and services, sex education for young people—it affects the whole of women’s health care around the world. Reinstating this policy directly targets the world’s women and girls, and rolls back reproductive health and rights around the world.”
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