Trump Took Republicans' Usual Anti-Abortion Policy And Expanded It


Global health experts have widely criticized this policy to include all health-related funding.

PAI, a global public health group, added the expansion would affect other aspects of public health as well. He said "we recognize the importance of providing women access to the best, evidence-based health information and care, and growing our medical knowledge through basic and applied research support".

"The Trump Administration has chose to use the power of its purse to endanger the lives of girls and women around the world on an unprecedented scale".

"The laws already existing have already made that impossible", she said, referring to the 1973 Helms Amendment, which prohibits USA funding for abortions overseas. "It's about saying we're going to partner with organizations that share our common values".

In conjunction with the expansion, the State Department will be conducting a six month review of the impact of the policy's application by "identifying implementation issues" and will give special attention to newly affected programs, including President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the President's Malaria Initiative.

"The United States remains deeply committed to supporting health programs around the world", the senior official said.

Within days of his inauguration, Trump signed an executive order that reinstated the "Mexico City Policy", which bans USA taxpayer funds for the provision or promotion of abortions overseas.

But other aid experts disagree.

Countries around the world are making significant progress in improving women's health and the global gag rule undermines that momentum. As expected Donald Trump signed the order days after being inaugurated, but the exact wording of this order left open the prospect that Donald Trump's version of the Global Gag Rule would be far more expansive than previous administrations'. And so the funding will be restricted when it comes to groups that provide those sorts of services or mention them or talk about them.

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I further direct the Secretary of State to take all necessary actions, to the extent permitted by law, to ensure that US taxpayer dollars do not fund organizations or programs that support or participate in the management of a program of coercive abortion or involuntary sterilization. Those past actions were limited to about $600 million in family planning funding.

When the GRG last went into effect in 2001, according to the Center for American Progress, contraception donations from the USA shuddered to an abrupt halt, leaving 20 developing countries without the resources on which they relied.

For many, the policy represents a long-overdue correction.

Trump's decision to expand the Mexico City policy stands in contrast to his predecessor, Barack Obama, whose administration approved taxpayer funds to Marie Stopes International, which boasts that abortion is at the "core" of its mission. "It's very encouraging. It's reiterating the repeated commitments Trump had made on the campaign trail about defending life", Israel said.

This article has been updated to note the announcement of the policy. Many NGOs were forced to shut down or lay off staff, which drastically reduced the availability of family planning services, HIV programs and maternal and child health programs.

On the other hand, people who want to restrict abortions see this as a huge victory.

Also not covered under the new policy are referrals for abortion in cases of "rape, incest, or endangerment of the life of the woman", one of the official said.

Republican presidents traditionally reinstate it, and thus limit funding to NGOs that discuss or perform abortion.