U.S. Reproductive Health and Rights: Beyond the Global Gag Rule

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U.S. Reproductive Health and Rights: Beyond the Global Gag Rule

Rachel Benson Gold, Guttmacher Institute
Ann M. Starrs, Guttmacher Institute
First published on The Lancet Public Health: March 7, 2017

As one of his first actions as president, Donald Trump imposed and expanded the global gag rule, a sweeping policy that will cripple highly successful US family planning programmes in developing countries and seriously damage broader US global health efforts. This callous policy—ostensibly meant to counter abortion—might shock observers abroad, but is only the opening salvo in what is expected to be a broad-based assault on sexual and reproductive health and rights. President Trump has vowed to “put America first”; however, his policies would put the health of women last, around the world and most certainly in the USA.

Continued at source: Guttmacher Institute: https://www.guttmacher.org/article/2017/03/us-reproductive-health-and-rights-beyond-global-gag-rule