George W. Bush

Trump's new global gag rule will devastate healthcare in poor countries

Trump's new global gag rule will devastate healthcare in poor countries

It is not surprising but it is deeply depressing that the Trump administration is reviving the “global gag rule” — so called because it bans U.S. financial assistance to non-governmental healthcare organizations in foreign countries if they provide abortions or even utter the word to their patients in counseling them or referring them elsewhere.

The rule was first put into place during the Reagan administration and since then has been repealed and revived alternately by Democratic and Republican administrations, including President Obama’s.

The rule was bad enough in its earlier form, when it barred aid to family planning organizations that offered abortion or abortion...

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