Trump's 'global gag rule' could endanger millions of women and children, Bill and Melinda Gates warn
Exclusive: Bill and Melinda Gates warn of dire impact of order that blocks US funding for family planning and health services
Sarah Boseley Health editor
Tuesday 14 February 2017
The “global gag rule” imposed by Donald Trump, blocking US funds to any organisation involved in abortion advice and care overseas, could impact millions of women and girls, endangering their lives and those of their babies, Bill and Melinda Gates have warned.
The changes are expected to result in funding from the world’s biggest donor to family planning and women’s health programmes in the developing world being slashed. It could, Bill Gates told the Guardian, “create a void that even a foundation like ours can’t fill”.