The Trump administration sent a powerful message to the world yesterday: The principle established in America's founding document, that all men are created with an unalienable Right to Life, would be a determining factor as the US helps with health programs around the world.
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Senior administration officials said Monday that a plan to expand the so-called "Mexico City Policy" had gone into effect.
Earlier this year, I wrote about the significant pro-life victory when President Trump reinstated Ronald Reagan's Mexico City Policy to prohibit the use of USA taxpayer money in foreign aid to organizations that either fund or promote abortions around the world. Abortion is not health care, ' she said in a statement.
"Earlier this year, the president reignited the war over abortion by signing an executive order blocking foreign aid or federal funding for global nongovernmental organizations that provide or "promote" abortions".
The Global Gag Rule prohibits allotting funds towards worldwide family planning providers that have even the most tangential ties to abortion care. The new expanded policy won't apply to humanitarian aid or disaster relief funds from either the Pentagon or the State Department.
If a partner NGO decides against doing so, then "for that particular program, we would look for other partners to continue the services or continue the programs that we're implementing". Every Democrat elected since Reagan has suspended the policy, which opponents refer to as the global gag rule.
So while George W. Bush's "gag rule" affected about $600 million in available funding for those foreign organizations, Trump has expanded it to affect nearly $9 billion.
Protesters are anxious the move will lead to women seeking unsafe abortions that put their lives at risk.
In his first few months in office, Trump has repeatedly pushed extremely regressive policies on women's health.
"The reality is, my main finding from all these countries is that it's pushing all these women so far into a corner is the only choice they're left to make is who dies", says Shannon. It won't be known which organisations could benefit, they said, until the groups with existing contracts decide what to do.
On Monday President Trump's administration expanded the anti-abortion "Mexico City Policy" that it reinstated at the beginning of the Republican president's tenure.
"Abortion is not health care", she added.
The Trump administration said on Monday that it was vastly expanding the scope of a policy blocking United States assistance to foreign groups that perform or provide information about abortions, a move critics say will hinder women's access to critical care.
The officials said the ban would apply to groups working on HIV/AIDS, malaria, maternal and child health, reproductive issues and global health. Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B Anthony List, which supports politicians who oppose abortion, characterised the policy's expansion as a way of modernising it.
Democratic Reps Nita M Lowey, Eliot L Engel and Louise M Slaughter of NY, and Barbara Lee of California marked the rule's start by calling it "a cruel and unprecedented attack on the world's most vulnerable women".