Opinion Piece Says U.S. Should End Mexico City Policy To Help Improve Reproductive Health Outcomes, Rights For Women, Girls Worldwide
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Terry McGovern, chair of the Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
“…Time and again, President Donald Trump and his administration have taken the political stance that it is they who should control the bodies of women and girls. … One of the very first acts of his administration in January 2017 was to reinstate and expand the Mexico City Policy, also known as the Global Gag Rule (GGR) … President Trump expanded the policy’s impact by extending it to all types of U.S. global health assistance (such as for HIV and malaria) to ensure the policy is ‘enforced to the broadest extent possible’ and has even extended the ban to any group working with a group receiving U.S. global health assistance even if the partnering groups do not receive U.S. funding. … But as we hurl towards November 3, it is important to recognize that when it comes to reproductive rights, [the Trump administration’s] rhetoric does not match the evidence. … To stop this, we must end the GGR. Americans are not just voting for ourselves — we are voting for women around the world…” (10/27).