Opinion Pieces Discuss Potential Impact Of Trump Administration’s Policies On Women’s Health, Rights Globally

The Hill: Sexual assault survivors could lose health access under Trump
Terry McGovern, Harriet and Robert H. Heilbrunn professor and chair at the department of Population and Family Health at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and founding director of the Global Health Justice and Governance Program at Columbia University

“Over the last two years, the Trump administration has become increasingly emboldened in its bid to roll back women’s reproductive health and rights. The latest … is the administration’s move … to prohibit the U.N. Security Council from approving language that would help survivors of sexual violence that occurs during war. … One of President Trump’s first acts in office was to sign an expanded version of the global gag rule, [otherwise known as the Mexico City policy,] which denies U.S. federal [global health] funding to [foreign] NGOs that provide abortion counseling or referrals, advocate to decriminalize abortion, or expand abortion services. … Similarly, the U.S. State Department’s last two annual human rights reports have deleted sections on women’s reproductive rights, including rates of preventable maternal deaths and access to contraception. … The Trump administration’s attacks on the rights of women and girls threaten to turn back decades of progress. … The international advocacy community must hold the U.S. accountable for all of the damage its ideological zeal has caused and will continue to cause to women and girls” (5/3).

Forbes: The Global Gag Rule On Abortion Is Counterproductive
Christine Ro, Forbes contributor

“…While the global gag rule [also known as the Mexico City policy] has been a staple of Republican presidents since Reagan, [President] Trump’s administration has broadened its scope. … [T]he global gag rule, including its most recent incarnation, manages to be both immoral and irrational. … [G]lobal health in general is a good investment for the U.S. Communicable diseases are less likely to spread across borders if health care systems are strengthened. Security and stability depend on healthy populations. … Each iteration of the global gag rule involves censoring doctors, rejecting evidence of the effectiveness of health programs, and curbing reproductive health choices. This is bound to harm women, men, and children alike” (5/1).

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