Mexico City Policy Affects Health, Rights Of LGBT, Other Marginalized Populations

Advocate: The Collateral Damage of Trump’s Global Gag Rule: LGBT Rights
Serra Sippel, president of the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE)

“…When the Trump administration attacks reproductive health providers with the global gag rule, [also known as the Mexico City policy or Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance,] by extension it attacks LGBT and other marginalized populations who may have nowhere else to access the health care they need and deserve. … Health care providers, not politicians, know what is best for their patients and families. It is wrong for the United States to force health care providers in other countries to choose between restricting the care they can provide to patients and keeping critical funding. If [U.S. Secretary of State Mike] Pompeo and the U.S. government are really interested in ‘protecting and defending’ the human rights of LGBT persons, they should start with ending the global gag rule” (6/5).