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CNN, Guardian Examine How U.S. Abortion Laws, Policies Compare Internationally, Affect Access To Services In Other Countries

CNN: If Alabama were a country, this is how its abortion law would stack up
“Alabama passed a near-total ban on abortion [last] week, strict enough to rival abortion rules in countries like Brunei, Guatemala, and Syria. … In theory, the new law would become enforceable in six months but, given the number of legal challenges it’s likely to face by groups arguing it’s unconstitutional, it will likely be tied up in court for years, delaying enforcement. … The United States is one of at least 49 countries that allow abortions at a woman’s request with no justification requirement, according to the World Health Organization…” (Fox, 5/17).

The Guardian: Trump takes war on abortion worldwide as policy cuts off funds
“The Trump administration has taken its war on abortion worldwide… The Mexico City policy, dubbed the ‘global gag [rule]’ by its critics, denies U.S. federal [global health] funds to any [foreign nongovernmental] organisation involved in providing abortion services overseas or counselling women about them. It was [first] instituted by the then U.S. president Ronald Reagan and has been revoked by every Democrat and reinstated by every Republican president since. But, under Trump, the net has been thrown wider… Two years since Trump’s original edict, [made] on the day he came into office and in line with his pledge to religious groups he courted for votes, it is still early to assess the impact, but it is likely to be considerable…” (Boseley, 5/17).