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Countries Worldwide Should End Total Abortion Bans; U.S. ‘Must Continue To Stand Alongside Nations To Improve’ Health, Lives Of Women Globally

Miami Herald: El Salvador, Dominican Republic can stop sending pregnant women to their deaths
U.S. Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-N.Y.)

“…Trump’s broad [Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance] directive hinders the substantial good of U.S. humanitarian efforts. Moreover, the [directive, also called the Mexico City policy or global gag rule,] takes aim at the same programs that could reduce unplanned pregnancies and pregnancy-related deaths in Latin America. As a co-sponsor of the Global Health, Empowerment and Rights (Global HER) Act, I am working to reverse this counter-intuitive policy that harms the well-being of women and children. El Salvador and the Dominican Republic are on the verge of achieving progress; the United States must continue to stand alongside nations to improve the lives of women globally. Now is the time for elected officials in Santo Domingo and San Salvador to take action … As elected officials, we have a duty to make hard decisions that progress lifesaving policies and protect the lives of women and girls. The moment is long overdue for El Salvador, the Dominican Republic, and nations around the world to end their total abortion bans” (4/19).

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