‘Dumped babies are just the tip of the iceberg’: The deadly consequences of curbing reproductive rights
Louise Donovan and Nasibo Kabale, in Nairobi
13 November 2019
It’s a hot mid-August morning, and Lydia Wambui’s bright green overalls are soaked. She’s standing knee-deep in Nairobi River, using a metal rod to catch rubbish lazily flowing down its murky waters.
“Sewage, bottle-tops, needles – people chuck everything in here,” she says, wiping sweat off her forehead before adding: “We also keep finding babies.”
Kenyan Clinic Rejects Trump Abortion Policy, Loses $2 Million In U.S. Aid
May 2, 2018
On January 23, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order that bans U.S. aid to any health organization in another country that provides abortions, advocates or makes referrals for the procedure.
The full impact of the order won't be felt until September. That's when the U.S. government fiscal year comes to an end. At that point, every international organization that does not comply with the order will be excluded from U.S. funding, says Marjorie Newman-Williams, president of Marie Stopes International-US, an organization that provides contraception and safe abortion in dozens of countries.
Trump's global gag rule goes far beyond abortion, groups say
The Associated Press
January 23, 2018
JOHANNESBURG — President Donald Trump’s dramatic expansion of a ban on U.S. funding to foreign organizations that promote or provide abortions has left impoverished women around the world without treatment for HIV, malaria and other diseases, health groups say, calling it “devastating” because Trump went where no administration had gone before.
Trump in his first working day in office revived the so-called global gag rule. He expanded on previous versions so that for the first time foreign NGOs that even discuss abortion as an option are barred not only from about $575 million in U.S. family planning funds but also an estimated $8.8 billion in U.S. global health aid. And they must certify that none of their non-U.S. funding goes for abortion-related activities.
Foreign health groups cutting services after a White House decision on abortion funding
By Ike Swetlitz @ikeswetlitz
November 8, 2017
It’s been 10 years, but Melvine Ouyo remembers the girl well — a 15-year-old who came into the clinic on the verge of death. She was in shock, suffering from an infection developed after undergoing an unsafe abortion.
“They had to remove the whole uterus to be able to save the life of this girl,” Ouyo said.
Ouyo, 27 at the time, was a nurse-in-training. Now, she works at a sexual and reproductive health clinic in Nairobi, Kenya, which, for the past three years, has provided free health care — from family planning to malaria treatment — in one of the city’s poorest areas, run by an organization supported in part by money from the U.S. government.
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Kenyan health providers call Trump's global gag rule 'a death sentence' for women
November 02, 2017
By Traci Tong
We've been given a death sentence." Listen to the Story.
That's how one Kenyan health clinic views President Donald Trump's ban on US federal funding for international groups that provide, support or discuss abortions. Critics call the policy the "global gag rule."
The US already prohibits the use of funds for foreign family planning centers that provide abortions. But the global gag rule goes one step further in that it restricts doctors or other health providers in these centers from even mentioning the word, "abortion," to their patients.
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‘It is a death warrant’: Kenyan health experts cross an ocean to talk Trump administration’s gag rule
By Zach Varda, October 27, 2017
It was a rare occurrence on campus — speakers at the front of the room and none of the students in attendance touched their phone.
That was the scene Thursday night when the #Fight4HER campaign came to Ohio State to speak out against the Global Gag Rule instituted by President Donald Trump. The policy bars any foreign nongovernmental organizations that receive U.S. global health aid from discussing safe, legal abortion with their patients.
“A policy that is literally going to cost hundreds of thousands of lives directly or indirectly,” Lisa Shannon, a long-time advocate for women’s rights in Africa, said in an interview prior to the event. “It is a death warrant.”
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This Is How Trump's Abortion Policy Will Curb Life-Saving Health Care
"Many are going to die," warned one impoverished 17-year-old Kenyan woman who nearly lost her life to a back-alley abortion.
By Sophia Jones and Video by Neha Wadekar
Feb 1, 2017
Quinter Atieno was 13 years old when she first sought out a back-alley abortion. Her cash-strapped single mother could barely scrape together enough money to keep food on the table for Atieno and her younger siblings. Faced with the fear of going hungry, Atieno made the difficult decision to trade sex for money.
Soon, she was making enough to help feed her family. But she still could not afford birth control, and the teenager quickly became pregnant. The father of her unborn baby refused to support her. "I could not raise the baby, so I decided to abort," recalls soft-spoken Atieno, now 17, wearing a faded sundress.
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Source, Elle: http://www.elle.com/culture/career-politics/a42590/global-gag-order-kenya/