Trump details anti-abortion ban over US global health aid

Trump details anti-abortion ban over US global health aid

Trump details anti-abortion ban over US global health aid

The administration announced on Monday that not only are they rebranding the measure-from here on out, it will be known as the "Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance" policy-but they will also expand the program to allocate $8.8 billion in foreign aid to distribute to non-profit organizations that comply with the strict anti-abortion guidelines. President Ronald Reagan established The Mexico City Policy in 1984 to withhold USA funding from worldwide NGOs that performed, promoted, or discussed abortion services.

The Mexico City policy was announced in 1984 for President Reagan.

The previous version of the policy applied to family planning programs.

David Brody at CBN News reports that $8.8 billion will be appropriated to the State Department, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Defense Department - all of which must adhere to Trump's expanded policy now called "Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance".

Sound Off! supporters weigh in. The expansion will affect almost $9 billion in existing foreign aid - 15 times more funding than it has under previous Republican presidents, according to the reproductive-rights group PAI.

'Referrals for the termination of a pregnancy in cases or rape, incest or endangerment of the life of the woman are not prohibited under this policy, ' the official said.

In 2016, the organization used the USA funding (which is about 7 percent of its budget) to provide contraceptive access to 800,000 people around the world, and prevented an estimated 100,000 unsafe abortions and 10,000 maternal deaths, according to the International Women's Health Coalition. The expanded policy is being dubbed "Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance". The disruption in funding could threaten hundreds of clinics globally that fight HIV, malaria, Zika and Ebola.

The Office of Website Management, Bureau of Public Affairs, manages this site as a portal for information from the U.S. State Department.External links to other Internet sites should not be construed as an endorsement of the views or privacy policies contained therein. Every Democrat elected since Reagan has suspended the policy, which opponents refer to as the global gag rule.

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But one of the briefing officials said the expanded policy will affect neither the amount of funding provided by the US each year for foreign health programs, nor the continuation of the programs themselves. In the past the Global Gag Rule has been limited to overseas family planning assistance only.

Under previous Republican administrations, the restrictions in the Mexico City Policy applied specifically to US family planning funds, approximately U.S.$575 million.

Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, tweeted, "We have officially ceased exporting abortion to foreign nations".

The core services we provide are contraception, safe abortion (where abortion is legally permitted) and post-abortion care. "No longer will we undermine the pro-life laws and cultural commitments of other countries by funding organizations like Marie Stopes International that obsessively promote and perform abortion".

The Trump Administration's shameful announcement comes at the beginning of National Women's Health Week, a week aimed at encouraging women to prioritize their health.

The U.S. government partners with many faith based organizations who they anticipate will agree to the new terms and continue to receive funding.

"We prevent unwanted pregnancies, we prevent abortions, and we prevent maternal death", Eugene Kongnyuy, deputy representative for the United Nations agency in Nigeria, said in an interview earlier this month.

"And in a way, his coming into the movement as an ally seems to have freed him to be able to take a lot of actions that others might have been a little too skittish to take", she said.

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