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British Lawmakers Urge U.K. Development Secretary To Take Action In Support Of Women’s, Girls’ Health In Light Of Mexico City Policy

BuzzFeed News: Labour MPs Add To Calls For Britain To Step In After Trump’s “Global Gag” Rule
“A chorus of MPs and charities have called on the development secretary, Priti Patel, to offer more support to women’s organizations that work to improve women’s reproductive rights, after Donald Trump blocked their funding. [Wednesday] BuzzFeed News revealed that the Tory MP Sarah Wollaston had written to Patel to request action, while The Guardian later reported that six Labour MPs had written asking Britain to follow the Netherlands in forming an overseas fund…” (Le Conte, 1/26).

The Guardian: Labour MPs urge Priti Patel to stand against Trump’s ‘global gag’ rule
“…The group [of six Labour MPs] — Stephen Doughty, Stella Creasy, Gareth Thomas, Stephen Twigg, Luciana Berger, and Anna Turley — praise Patel for championing the work of the Department for International Development (DfID) for women and girls in developing countries. They say it has focused on access to education, health services, family planning, better nutrition, and water and sanitation. ‘The department has been at the global forefront in helping poor women to lead healthy and productive lives, and to increase voice, choice and control for girls and women,’ they add, warning that Trump’s decision could undermine DfID’s work. They highlight the Dutch plans for a fund to help projects providing access to birth control, abortion, and women’s education…” (Asthana, 1/27).

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