President Donald Trump has massively expanded the ban on providing federal money to international family planning groups that perform abortions or provide abortion information to all organizations receiving U.S.
global health assistance.
Trump’s spokesman Sean Spicer announced Monday that the ban on family planning funding — which was instituted by GOP President Ronald Reagan in 1984 and has bounced in and out of law between Democratic and Republican administrations — had been reinstituted. But it wasn’t until the president’s memorandum was published Monday night that the expansion came to light.
The order directs the secretary of state, in cooperation with the secretary of health and human services, for the first time to extend the requirements in the ban “to global health assistance furnished by all departments or agencies.” The ban is known as the Mexico City Policy or Global Gag Rule.
U.S. support for family planning currently amounts to about $575 million in 40 countries, while global health assistance totals about $9 billion to about 60 countries.
“Without funding, these organizations won’t be able to provide HIV services and maternal health care, or counsel women on the risks of Zika infection,” the New Hampshire Democrat said.
Programs funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to support child nutrition, and help combat infectious diseases like tuberculosis and malaria are also affected.
Without this protection in place, foreign NGOs receiving U.S. government funds promote and perform abortion throughout the world with the imprimatur of the United States.
Source: Daily Sun, Dhaka, Bangladesh