President-Elect Biden Plans To Roll Back Trump Administration Sexual, Reproductive Health Policies; Klain Says Delayed Transition Could Hamper COVID-19 Efforts

Devex: Biden may help U.S.-U.N. relations. But there isn’t a magic wand to undo damage.
“…After taking office come Jan. 20, 2021, the new administration is expected to announce that the U.N. Population Fund is not in violation of the Kemp-Kasten amendment, making the agency again eligible for U.S. funding. It will likely rejoin the Paris climate change agreement. And it is certain to maintain its commitment to the World Health Organization. But it will likely take time for the U.S. to return to its previous leadership role within diplomatic circles. And there is no guarantee that the U.S. will be able to fully regain the global trust it once held as a stable development and humanitarian partner, experts say…” (Lieberman, 11/13).

The Hill: Biden set to roll back Trump rules on abortion
“Joe Biden is expected to roll back several of the Trump administration’s changes to sexual and reproductive health programs, undoing a large portion of the president’s executive actions on abortion and women’s health. … Biden has also promised to reverse a ban on global health aid for foreign organizations that provide or promote abortions. The so-called ‘Mexico City policy’ — named for the city where former President Ronald Reagan first announced the ban — has become a game of political football, rescinded when Democratic presidents take office and reinstated by Republicans…” (Hellmann, 11/13).

POLITICO: Klain: Delayed transition could hamper coronavirus vaccine preparations
“The Trump administration’s refusal to acknowledge Joe Biden’s electoral victory could hinder the incoming team’s preparations on pressing issues, including the distribution of a coronavirus vaccine, Biden’s future chief of staff said Thursday. In his first public interview since being named chief of staff, Ron Klain called the current administration’s stonewalling of Biden’s transition ‘unreasonable,’ but added that the president-elect’s preparations for the transfer were underway within legal limits…” (Choi, 11/12).

Additional coverage of the incoming Biden-Harris administration and Biden’s selection of Klain as chief of staff is available from Devex, POLITICO, and Reuters.

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