Trump’s Gag Rule Puts Women’s Health and Lives at Risk Globally

Two days after some 5 million people around the globe marched demanding respect for women’s rights, President Donald Trump reinstated the “Global Gag Rule,” a destructive policy that threatens women’s lives around the world.

Trump signed an executive order reviving a policy that prohibits United States international aid to groups which in anyway engage with abortion – providing it, offering counseling, advocating for abortion law reform, or providing referrals – even with non-US funding. Under this rule, organizations will be disqualified from receiving US assistance simply because they use their own, non-US, funds to provide abortion-related services and information that are legal in their home country and in the US. Since the rule was first imposed in the 1980s, every Democratic president has rescinded the rule, and every Republican president has re-imposed it.

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