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Media Outlets Continue Coverage Of U.S. Government’s Implementation Plan For Expanded Mexico City Policy

Forbes: Trump Expands Abortion ‘Gag Rule,’ Threatening A Record $8.8 Billion In Global Aid
“…Back in January, immediately following his inauguration (and the global Women’s March), President Donald Trump signed an executive order reviving the so-called Mexico City policy, versions of which Republican presidents have used since 1984 to block U.S. support for aid groups that offer abortion counseling or services abroad. [Monday,] the Office of the [U.S. State Department’s] Spokesperson announced the launch of a new plan, known as ‘Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance,’ which would extend the Mexico City policy or ‘gag rule’ to apply to a range of other crucial health services with U.S. support, including programs to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS and malaria…” (Burns, 5/16).

Foreign Policy: To ‘Protect Life,’ State Department Rolls Out Women’s Health Policy Critics Call a ‘Death Warrant’
“…The controversial ban won praise from pro-life groups who say it aligns U.S. foreign aid funding with conservative policies, but drew condemnation from many in the NGO community, who called it a ‘death warrant’ for some women in developing countries…” (Mellen/Gramer, 5/16).

The Guardian: Trump expands policy that bans U.S. aid for overseas abortion providers
“…The new terms of the ban will apply to $8.8bn in existing foreign aid provided by the State Department, USAID, and the Department of Defense — dwarfing the $600m in programming that fell under the ban during previous administrations…” (Redden, 5/15).

Slate: Donald Trump Holds $8.8 Billion In Global Health Aid Hostage, Calls It ‘Protecting Life’
“…Now, all overseas nonprofits must accept as a condition of any U.S. assistance that they cannot so much as tell a woman that abortion is a legal option. According to the State Department, the expanded gag rule will apply to funds earmarked for HIV/AIDS prevention, malaria treatment, maternal health programs, Zika response, and child health programs in addition to funds for reproductive health and family planning programs…” (Cauterucci, 5/15).

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