Trump Expands Ban on Foreign Aid Abortion Funding

Trump Expands Ban on Foreign Aid Abortion Funding

Trump Expands Ban on Foreign Aid Abortion Funding

In January, President Donald Trump reinstated the Mexico City policy, known as the "global gag rule" among abortion rights activists, which bars funds for worldwide non-government groups that advocate for abortion rights or even discuss abortion's role in family planning. On a myriad of issues, Donald Trump hasn't disappointed evangelicals since he's taken office.

'Referrals for the termination of a pregnancy in cases or rape, incest or endangerment of the life of the woman are not prohibited under this policy, ' the official said.

This change in policy makes good on that order, as well as Trump's promise that no taxpayer will be used to support organizations that promote or provide abortions, according to a State Department official. All foreign NGOs will have the opportunity to receive global health assistance awards if they indicate their agreement to abide by the terms of Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance by accepting the provisions in their award.

The Bush administration excluded programmes that involved HIV/Aids prevention from the rule but Trump did not as he expanded global gag to apply to all global health assistance funds. The expansion will affect almost $9 billion in existing foreign aid - 15 times more funding than it has under previous Republican presidents, according to the reproductive-rights group PAI.

Under President Trump's administration, the State Department announced today plans to expand the Mexico City policy that bans US funding for abortions overseas. The global gag rule seriously hinders the effectiveness of USA global health investments and the growing global progress that we, as a global community, have made in expanding access to family planning for couples worldwide and in reducing maternal mortality. The policy also does not apply to funds distributed directly to foreign governments.

The key line from the memorandum is where it says the secretary of state will be allowed to "extend the requirements of the reinstated memorandum to global health assistance furnished by all departments or agencies".

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Let's explain. The Mexico City Policy requires non-governmental organizations to agree not to "perform nor actively promote abortion as a method of family planning in other nations". NGOs must adhere to this policy or risk losing USA funding. "No longer will we undermine the pro-life laws and cultural commitments of other countries by funding organizations like Marie Stopes International that obsessively promote and perform abortion", she said.

The Gag Rule, or Mexico City Policy is re-instated by every Republican president.

Governments and multilateral organizations remain outside of the scope of the expanded policy, which also will not apply to humanitarian aid provided through refugee or migration programs or to disaster relief. And the USA role in global health has increased over time.

"The big concern that people have about United States taxpayer money funding abortions is in and of itself such a fallacy that it's really hard to understand why they feel the need to go so much further than addressing that specific issue", said Dr. Caitlin Bernard, a fellow with Physicians for Reproductive Health and at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Washington University in St. Louis. USA foreign aid should never be used as a tool to limit women's access to health care or to censor free speech.

"Whether through willful ignorance or an utter disregard for the lives of the world's most vulnerable women, the Trump administration continues to trample on progress without even the semblance of strategy", Dawn Laguens, Planned Parenthood Executive Vice President said in a statement Monday.

'Abortion is not health care, ' she said. The rollout is devastating to women's health and rights activists who focus on access to contraception and medical care, some experts charge.

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