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Trump Expands Global Gag Rule, Further Restricting Abortion Access Worldwide

In a press conference on Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the expansion of the Global Gag Rule, also known as the “Mexico City Policy,” which would prohibit U.S. funding for foreign aid groups and health organizations that provide or promote abortion. Although President Trump has already expanded the Global Gag Rule significantly beyond any past president, the administration has new modifications to further the dangerous policy. In addition to banning funds for any overseas non-governmental organization (NGO) that offer any services related to abortion regardless if those services are not actually paid for with U.S. aid, the expansion would include cutting funding to the Organization of American States (OAS). “The institutions of the OAS should be focused on addressing crises in Cuba, Nicaragua, and in Venezuela, not on advancing the pro-abortion cause,” Pompeo said while claiming that an unnamed OAS entity had been involved in abortion-related lobbying. “This administration’s obsession with attacking women’s reproductive health is egregious and dangerous,” said Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH). “Further expanding the Global Gag Rule puts international organizations in an impossible position: provide women the full scope of reproductive health care services or deny critical funding that saves lives. That is unconscionable.” […]

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