South Africa: Trump’s ‘global gag rule’ won’t directly affect abortion services in SA

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Trump’s ‘global gag rule’ won’t directly affect abortion services in SA
Katharine Child | 2017-01-25

The provision of abortion services in South Africa will not directly be impacted by US President Donald Trump signing the "global gag rule" which stops US-funded NGOs globally even mentioning the word 'abortion'.

This week Trump signed the law‚ known as the Mexico City Policy‚ back into place after it had been revoked by his predecessor‚ Barack Obama.

The law stops the funding of abortion services or referral to abortion clinics by any US government-funded NGOs or clinics across the world.

Women's rights globally are affected by this law‚ say think tanks like the American Centre for Progress. But US Embassy spokesman Cynthia Harvey said: "No US agency is currently funding abortion abroad including in South Africa."

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Source, Times Live: http://www.timeslive.co.za/politics/2017/01/25/Trump%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%98global-gag-rule%E2%80%99-won%E2%80%99t-directly-affect-abortion-services-in-SA