Trump administration to ban funding for overseas abortions

Trump administration to ban funding for overseas abortions

More formally known as the Mexico City policy, the rule prevents USA funding from going to foreign health providers if they perform or promote abortions.

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.

Trump restored the Mexico City Policy by executive order to stop taxpayer funding of groups that perform and promote abortions overseas but it does not stop non-abortion worldwide assistance.

All foreign NGOs will have the opportunity to receive global health assistance awards if they indicate their agreement to abide by the terms of Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance by accepting the provisions in their award.

The biggest additional programs that would now be required to follow the new policy are the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), which provides access to prevention, care, and treatment to combat HIV/AIDS, as well as the President's Malaria Initiative - two global health programs started under the George W. Bush administration.

Under the newly expanded plan approved by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, however, it will cover all foreign health assistance that is appropriated to the State Department, USAID and the Defense Department, amounting to around $8.8 billion, the officials said Monday. Developing and donor countries alike are stepping up to prioritize and make tangible headway in closing the gap on access to modern family planning through increased funding and better policies.

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The Trump administration today released new anti-abortion rules - including a policy name change - that will apply to nearly $9 billion in global health funding, including a massive HIV/AIDS prevention program, the State Department announced on Monday.

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

The officials said they do not expect any reduction in overall aid for global health programmes.

Under the expanded rule, clinics who combat these health issues will lose their funding if they so much as mention abortion as an option to their patients. It's illegal for any US aid money to go toward abortion care itself; what the global gag rule does is prevent these organizations from using even separate funding on abortion care or referrals, even if abortion is legal in their country.

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.

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Protesters demonstrate near the White House earlier this year against President Trump's reinstatement of the Mexico City policy.

"It's important to note that we're not talking about decreasing any of the programmatic funding to any of these elements", the official said, but added that there may be "a different provider" in some instances.

"President Trump is treating women's lives like political bargaining chips, trading them away to shore up his flagging support", said Sasha Bruce, senior vice president of campaigns and strategy for the pro-choice organization.

"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. The rollout is devastating to women's health and rights activists who focus on access to contraception and medical care, some experts charge. The controversial ban won praise from pro-life groups who say it aligns USA foreign aid funding with conservative policies, but drew condemnation from many in the NGO community, who called it a "death warrant" for some women in developing countries.

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