Kenya: Health clinics already hit by ‘catastrophic’ global gag rule on abortion

Health clinics already hit by 'catastrophic' global gag rule on abortion
By Hannah McNeish, Women & Girls
Feb. 3, 2017 at 8:46 AM

Feb. 3 (UPI) -- As the U.S. presidential election campaign was unfolding on the other side of the world, one of the many markets selling cheap suitcases and clothing in the Eastleigh neighborhood of Little Somalia, in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, decided to rebrand itself The Donald Trump Business Centre.

Now, days into its namesake's presidency, the aspirational marketplace finds itself next to a health clinic that will lose vital funding as a result of a recent Trump policy on family planning. Due to the reinstatement of the Mexico City Policy – or the Global Gag Rule – which cuts U.S. aid to charities that provide, support or discuss abortion, the Marie Stopes International Eastleigh clinic can no longer accept the U.S. government money it was going to use to extend its free contraceptive services to thousands of women in rural areas.

"What happens now, with all the pregnant women? I think it's going to be catastrophic," says Carolyne Nduhiu, an obstetrician the MSI Eastleigh clinic.

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