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Fact Sheets: Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance

Fact Sheets: Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance

President Donald Trump, a Republican, reinstated the policy in January, just days after taking office, but he went further and directed government agencies to figure out a plan to apply the policy "to global health assistance furnished by all departments or agencies".

The Trump administration will significantly expand a Reagan-era policy banning foreign aid to global healthcare providers who discuss abortion, a White House official has told the Christian Broadcasting Network. Because of the additional programs covered by the policy, the amount of money covered by the policy has gone from $500-$600 million to nearly $9 billion annually. Without funding, these organizations will be unable to provide integrated maternal health care with contraceptive services, HIV prevention, care and treatment services, or counsel women on their potential risks of Zika infection, among many other services, leaving communities and entire health systems devastated.

"HRC has long opposed the "Global Gag Rule" and any policies that seek to limit access to critical healthcare services", said HRC Senior Vice President for Policy and Political Affairs, JoDee Winterhof.

Implementation of the new policy means 'we have officially ceased exporting abortion to foreign nations, ' Dannenfelser said.

The State Department says that the policy will not reduce the overall level of foreign aid as funds from those groups that do not agree to the new terms will be redistributed to organizations that do.

Once all appropriate steps have been taken, the policy will apply to all new funding agreements (grants, cooperative agreements and contracts) for global health assistance, and to existing agreements when amended to add funding. "Withholding U.S. aid as a tool to limit anyone's access to health is simply un-American and stands in direct opposition to our country's role as a global leader for democracy and human rights.This is another reckless move by the Trump Administration created to cynically please his extremist base without regard for consequences".

Steve Mosher, president of the Population Research Institute, earlier this year told LifeSiteNews that by expanding the Mexico City Policy to include all global "health assistance" programs it becomes easier to stop funding of worldwide groups pushing abortion and sterilization, and that the Trump policy will save more lives than past Mexico City Policies.

But yesterday, the White House launched an expanded version of the Mexico City Policy called "Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance".

USAID and other USA taxpayer dollars will continue to be on the front lines treating the most vulnerable women and children, including injuries and illnesses from botched abortions to both women and newborn children.

The policy guidance comes down a day after President Trump issued a statement for Women's Health Week, "recogniz [ing] the importance of providing women access to the best, evidence-based health information and care".

Back in January, one of the first actions that Donald Trump took as president was to reinstate the global gag rule, a harmful policy that hijacks USA global health assistance in the name of anti-choice politics. "The clinic may also be providing abortion referrals or abortion counseling with non-US funds".

"Right now there's a lot of unknowns", she said. It is "a woman needing care because she's had an unsafe abortion walking into a public health clinic that can not speak about abortion because they're taking USA money ..."

The core services we provide are contraception, safe abortion (where abortion is legally permitted) and post-abortion care. And as a result, we can probably expect big disruptions in the health services for people who need it the most.


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