Published: Tue, January 24, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Trump US President reinstates Reagan's abortion 'Global Gag Rule'

Trump US President reinstates Reagan's abortion 'Global Gag Rule'

Along with two other executive actions, President Donald Trump reinstated the Mexico City abortion rules on Monday, which was rescinded by former President Barack Obama exactly eight years ago. The gag rule would deny USA funding to any worldwide organization that mentions abortion as an option for women seeking help with an unwanted pregnancy-even if that organization largely provides contraception or more general reproductive health care.

The report further revealed that since its first enactment, the gag rule has been rescinded and reinstated as soon as presidents take office. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.): "providing limited reproductive health services while accepting USA funds or providing comprehensive family planning".

The Mexico City Policy bans funding to organizations that perform abortions overseas or lobby for legalizing them in foreign nations.

"Women's health and rights are now one of the first casualties of the Trump administration", said Serra Sippel, president of the Center for Health and Gender Equity in Washington, D.C.

The policy, formally called the Mexico City Policy, was enacted first under Ronald Reagan and is a more conservative addition to the already existing Helms Amendment, which states that organizations that receive U.S. foreign aid can't use it toward providing abortion services. Once abortion is recriminalized in America, Trump said, women who want an abortion "would perhaps go to illegal places".

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Trump signed the order as new research from the conservative Catholic organisation Knights of Columba, reported this evening by Christian Today, shows a surprising level of agreement among pro-life and pro-choice people for restrictions on abortion.

"President Trump is continuing Ronald Reagan's legacy by taking immediate action on day one to stop the promotion of abortion through our tax dollars overseas." said a January 23 statement from Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List. Exceptions are allowed in cases of rape, incest, or when someone's life is at risk. "We now know the Trump Administration's sexist and misogynist rhetoric will be put into effect immediately, with deadly consequences for women here at home and around the world".

Crosbie added, "Abortion is legal in many countries where we work".

Though Trump has had controversial clashes with Mexico over his border wall policy, this executive action actually has nothing to do with Mexico, despite its name. A study of 20 sub-Saharan African countries by Stanford University researchers, for instance, found that in countries that relied heavily on funding for the United States for reproductive health services, abortion rates rose when the Reagan-era policy was in place.

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