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Trump threatens Women's Reproductive Rights

Submitted by nicko2 on 30 January 2017

Trump's presidential memorandum regarding the Mexico City Policy reintroduces and extends this Policy (also referred to as the Global Gag Rule) that in the past meant that foreign NGOs must disavow any involvement with abortion in order to receive U.S. family planning funding. Trump’s version of the global gag rule expands the policy to all global health funding. The new rule means that rather than threatening $600 million in U.S. foreign aid, it will affect $9.5 billion in global health funding, which includes programming for maternal health, family planning, HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, and more. According to Nicholas Kristof in the New York Times, one NGO providing family planning services, Marie Stopes, estimated that if it cannot find replacement funding, the new policy will result in 6.5 million unintentional pregnancies, 2.2 million abortions and 21,700 women dying in pregnancy or childbirth.…

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