After a Global Rebuked to Trump on Paris Climate Deal, Another One: This Time on Abortion

The Resistance News

March 16, 2017

After a Global rebuke to Trump on Paris Climate Deal (source), (source) & (source), with many governments and alliance of countries, saying the Paris Climate Deal must not let be destroy by Trump, here comes another one. This time, the rebuke to trump, is on abortion, something, Trump and America’s Republican feel strongly about, “Abortion.”

Trump just cut America’s funding to any group globally, that helps family or women that gives information on abortion, known as “Gag Rule” but weeks after, nations are pledging tens of millions of dollars for family planning programmes, at an international conference in Brussels recently, to make up for the gap left by Trump’s ban, again on America’s funding to groups linked to abortion.

Vox reports (source)

Under President Donald Trump, a decades-old Republican policy on global family planning just got a whole lot more aggressive. Just one day after the largest demonstration for women’s rights in American history, the Trump administration went further than any administration ever before in muzzling women’s and family health care providers around the globe.

The Mexico City policy — or the global gag rule, as it’s popularly known — essentially allows US presidents to fight the county’s domestic abortion wars abroad. And while the politics are entirely domestic, it’s foreign women and families who suffer the consequences.

Created by President Ronald Reagan in 1984, the original rule made US aid money to family planning providers contingent on a pledge not to “perform or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning,” even when those activities are funded by other countries or private foundations.

The policy thus limits the ability of global family planning providers to provide women and families comprehensive care if, in any aspect of their work, they recommend, discuss, or even mention abortions to clients, let alone provide abortion services.

Hence the “global gag rule.”

Trump’s reinstatement of the policy on Monday was not unexpected. Indeed, since Reagan, every Republican president has reinstated the rule when he comes into office, and every Democrat has rescinded it. But what was a shock was Trump’s radical expansion of the policy to include not just family planning organizations but all global health organizations that receive US government funding.

Nations pledge millions for family planning after Trump ban (source)

Nations pledged tens of millions of dollars for family planning programmes Thursday at an international conference in Brussels to make up for the gap left by President Donald Trump’s ban on U.S. funding to groups linked to abortion.

Some 50 governments attended the hastily convened one-day conference. Early on, total pledges were already exceeding 100 million dollars, with Sweden, Canada and Finland each promising 20 million euros ($21 million).

One of Trump’s first acts as president was to withhold an estimated half a billion dollars a year in funding from international groups that perform abortions or provide information about them. The Trump administration said the ban is necessary because it doesn’t want to fund something it considers morally wrong.

Officials in many European nations and around the world say Trump’s move against family planning will only increase the overall number of abortions and will hurt the women and girls who need it the most.

“The purely ideological decision of one country” can push women and girls back “into the Dark Ages,” said conference host Belgian Deputy Premier Alexander De Croo.

“We will start making something great again,” he said of the drive to boost family planning policies in developing nations, riffing off Trump’s “make America great again” campaign slogan.

Belgium, Denmark and the Netherlands had already committed to contributions of at least 10 million euros each. African and Asian countries are also at the conference, as well as officials from the European Union and the United Nations. Philanthropists and private donors will be asked to contribute as well.

Finnish Development Minister Kai Mykkanen said the U.S moves “threaten to suspend a large number of projects helping to defend the health of millions of girls, even helping to save their lives. We respond to the situation fraught with distress by investing in the improvement of women’s and girls’ rights even more than before.”

The conference stressed that abortion was only a small part of family planning in developing nations. It emphasised the need for more sex education and more availability of contraceptives and warned about the dangers of sexually related diseases and of female genital mutilation. It also backed sexual rights, so women and girls can stand up for the inviolability of their bodies.

U.S. bans on funding international groups that perform or even talk about abortions have been instituted by Republican administrations and rescinded by Democratic ones since 1984. Former President Barack Obama last lifted it in 2009. But under Trump, the ban has been massively expanded.


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