President-Elect Biden Expected To Rescind Mexico City Policy Upon Taking Office; Advocates Hope For Passage Of HER Act To Permanently Repeal Policy
The Guardian: Reproductive health NGOs pin hopes on Biden reversing ‘global gag rule’
“One of Joe Biden’s first acts as president is expected to be the rescinding of a rule on U.S. foreign aid … Trump reinstated the so-called ‘global gag rule,’ also known as the Mexico City policy, on his first Monday morning in office in January 2017. … Reinstating the rule was an expected move for a Republican administration, but in the months afterwards, it was expanded to make it unprecedentedly broad. … Rights advocates hope that a Biden administration would be able to pass a piece of legislation introduced to Congress last year, known as the Global Health, Empowerment and Rights (HER) Act, that would repeal the rule permanently. The vice president-elect, Kamala Harris, came out in support of the act last year…” (Walker, 11/10).
In a video, DW examines the impact of the Mexico City policy on women’s health care in Kenya.