Trump expands policy that bans US aid for overseas abortion providers

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Trump expands policy that bans US aid for overseas abortion providers

  • Trump widens ‘Mexico City policy’, which had been suspended under Obama
  • Rule will prevent foreign aid going to groups that even discuss abortion rights

Molly Redden

Monday 15 May 2017

The Trump administration on Monday significantly expanded a Reagan-era policy banning foreign aid to international healthcare providers who discuss abortion or advocate for abortion rights, in a move critics fear will jeopardize efforts to fight diseases such as malaria, HIV/Aids, and the Zika virus.

The new terms of the ban will apply to $8.8bn in existing foreign aid provided by the state department, USAid, and the Department of Defense – dwarfing the $600m in programming that fell under the ban during previous administrations.

Continued at source: The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/15/trump-abortion-rule-mexico-city-policy