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Opinion Piece, Letters To Editor Respond To President Trump’s Action To Reinstate, Expand Mexico City Policy

New York Times: Silence on Abortion Equals Death
Serra Sippel, president of the Center for Health and Gender Equity

“In one of his first acts as president, Donald Trump introduced a ban on funding for any international organization that, anywhere in its health care programs, provides or even discusses abortions with patients, other than in cases of rape, incest, or life endangerment. … [C]ontrary to its stated purpose of reducing the number of abortions, the rule is actually associated with increased abortion rates as family planning programs disappear without funding. … Without access to contraceptive education and resources, more women face unwanted pregnancies, and opt for unsafe abortions. … A growing body of research over the past few decades shows that family planning services contribute to healthier lives and stronger economies. If President Trump really respected women the way he claims, he would support their health rather than endangering it” (1/24).

New York Times: Trump’s Action on Reproductive Rights Abroad
The newspaper published two letters to the editor — one from Akila Radhakrishnan, vice president and legal director at the Global Justice Center, and one from Ward Flad, an emergency physician — regarding its recent article covering President Trump’s action reinstating and expanding the Mexico City policy (1/24).

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