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President Trump Expands Mexico City Policy, Potentially Impacting Wider Range Of Foreign NGOs

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Antigone Barton, senior editor and writer of “Science Speaks,” discusses the reinstatement and expansion of the Mexico City Policy, writing, “[W]hile the previous version of the policy applied to U.S. funding for international and local family planning services, the additional language in the order signed by [President] Trump on Monday directs the Secretary of State, with the Secretary of Health and Human Services and USAID Administrator ‘to implement a plan to extend the requirements of the reinstated Memorandum to global health assistance furnished by all departments or agencies’ … an extension that global health advocates note will impact a greatly increased range of organizations, care, and services…” Barton also notes that confirmation hearings for Secretary of State and HHS Secretary will continue this week (1/24).

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