Trump Administration Making ‘Broad-Based Assault On Sexual And Reproductive Health And Rights’ Worldwide

The Lancet Public Health: U.S. reproductive health and rights: beyond the global gag rule
Rachel Benson Gold, vice president for public policy, and Ann M. Starrs, president and chief executive officer, both at Guttmacher Institute

“As one of his first actions as president, Donald Trump imposed and expanded the global gag rule, a sweeping policy that will cripple … family planning programs in developing countries and seriously damage broader U.S. global health efforts. This callous policy — ostensibly meant to counter abortion — might shock observers abroad, but is only the opening salvo in what is expected to be a broad-based assault on sexual and reproductive health and rights. President Trump has vowed to ‘put America first;’ however, his policies would put the health of women last, around the world and most certainly in the USA. … Reproductive health and rights advocates, for their part, will fight this regressive agenda at every turn…” (March 2017).

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