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International Community Must Continue Advancing Sexual, Reproductive Rights, Health For All

Huffington Post: Trump’s Global Gag Rule: A Call to Action and a Way Forward
Suzanne Ehlers, president & CEO of PAI

“…The [Mexico City] policy is unprecedented in its scope, not only because of the U.S.’s leadership and investment in global health over the past decade, but also because of the greater alignment and integration among the global health and development sectors. It is a policy stunning in its short-sightedness and callous in how it targets the most vulnerable. … Now is the time for us all to step forward and fulfill our promises to women. … Our first duty will be to mitigate the impact of the global gag rule with whatever resources we can mobilize, with whatever ingenuity and skills we can inject. We must be ready to ask the right questions, to collect data, and to lift up the evidence and stories that make an undeniable case for sustained and increased [health] funding; for a permanent repeal of harmful domestic and donor policies like the global gag rule; and [for] continued momentum around the Sustainable Development Goals. We call on leaders around the world to join us in the fight to continue advancing the sexual and reproductive rights of girls and women, and the health and rights of all people. This is no time for playing politics with lives already too close to the margins…” (2/10).