Mexico City Policy Restrictions Will Hurt Organizations Providing HIV/AIDS Care, Support Services To Women In Southern Africa

The Guardian: Closing an HIV lifeline in Africa: the dire impact of Trump’s abortion crackdown
“…The lives of the poorest women in Southern Africa depend on organizations such as [Mozambique’s Amodefa — the Mozambican Association for Family Development]. Yet they will be among the worst affected by Donald Trump’s crackdown on family planning groups around the world. Advocates across the region say the move risks undermining progress in tackling HIV and AIDS in Southern Africa, one of the areas hardest hit by the epidemic. Trump’s re-introduction of the Mexico City policy, known as the ‘global gag rule,’ bans U.S. government funds from going to organizations with any links to abortion. It jeopardizes a wide range of health care clinics in dozens of countries because family planning advice is often bundled up with other provision…” (Bowker, 7/29).