Courtesy of The Guardian:
The Trump administration has taken its war on abortion worldwide, cutting off all funding to any overseas organization or clinic that will not agree to a complete ban on even discussing it.
The Mexico City policy, dubbed the “global gag” by its critics, denies US federal funds to any organization involved in providing abortion services overseas or counseling women about them. It was instituted by the then US president Ronald Reagan and has been revoked by every Democrat and reinstated by every Republican president since.
But, under Trump, the net has been thrown wider and pulled tighter than ever. Sexual health organizations have said women will die as a consequence as they pursue dangerous DIY solutions or “back street” abortions instead.
In March, the US extended the gag, stating that any organization counseling women on abortion and using funds from elsewhere – even from its own government or a donor in another country – will no longer be eligible for any US funding. The diktat applies to all global health organizations. HIV and children’s charities must sign up to the pledge, alongside those running sexual and reproductive health clinics.
What that means for organizations such as Marie Stopes International and the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) is a blight on sexual and reproductive health services even in countries where abortion is never offered because it is illegal.
That’s right cut financial support for organizations which provide birth control and sex education because that will certainly cut down on the need for abortions.
Not good enough to simply oppress women in this country, now they are taking it on the road.
It’s like the Trump Administration finds every terrible draconian policy ever embraced by the Republicans and then turns it up to eleven.