Trump reimposes ban on worldwide aid to groups that discuss abortion
00:47, Jan 24, 2017
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President Trump has reinstated the rule dating back to the Reagan era - and removed by President Obama when he first took office - that bars non-governmental organizations that offer or promote abortion from receiving federal funding.
Opponents call it a violation of free speech, a disservice to potential patients and a policy that in fact harms safety by forcing overseas groups to turn down funds or deny information. "The inevitable effect will be to inhibit full participation by women in the global economy", Blumenthal said.
Pro-abortion feminists were complaining loudly over Trump's expected reinstatement of the Mexico City abortion ban.
"President Obama's repeal of the global gag rule, which has prevented women around the world from gaining access to essential information and healthcare services, is a welcomed and important step taken during the first days of an administration", Clinton said.
Instead, the gag rule tries to control how global organizations use their own funds, raised from other sources.
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In one of a number of sharp reversals from the Obama era, Donald Trump on Monday signed an executive order banning global NGOs from providing abortion services or offering information about abortions if they receive USA funding.
The reality is simple and brutal.
The global gag rule has had global consequences on reproductive health care.
As a result, more than 20 developing countries in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East lost access to contraceptives provided by the U.S. and many NGOs were forced to shut down or lay off staff, according to EngenderHealth, a global women's health organization that supports abortion rights.
According to MSI, abortions increase by 2.2 million globally each year and 2.1 million of these procedures will be unsafe.
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The policy creates legal problems for organizations in certain countries, such as South Africa, where the groups are legally required to inform a woman seeking an abortion of her rights and refer her to a facility that would perform an abortion. The Mexico City Policy covered over $400 million in federal funds, part of which flowed to the abortion businesses International Planned Parenthood and Marie Stopes International for their foreign efforts.
Still, it's a harsh, unsafe rule-and one that's largely unnecessary.
Eighty-three percent of those surveyed said they opposed federal funding of overseas abortions, including almost 40 percent of people who supported Clinton in the 2016 election.
"By redirecting taxpayer dollars away from the worldwide abortion industry, President Trump has reinstituted life-affirming protections for unborn children and their mothers", said a January 23 statement by Rep. Chris Smith, R-New Jersey, co-chair of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus. So Trump's action is not, unlike so many of his others, unprecedented. In many developing countries, women get reproductive health care at the same place they get all of their other care.
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