Rutgers, LSE Experts Say Mexico City Policy ‘Has Unintended Effects’

London School of Economics’ U.S. Centre: Trump’s reinstatement and expansion of the global gag rule has harmful effects for women, men, and children
In this blog post, Yana van der Meulen Rodgers, professor at Rutgers University and faculty director of the Center for Women and Work; Ernestina Coast, professor of health and international development in the Department of International Development at LSE; and Nicky Armstrong, communications and events assistant for both the Global Health Initiative and the Latin America and Caribbean Centre at the LSE, discuss President Trump’s reinstatement and expansion of the Mexico City policy, writing, “Evidence suggests that the [policy] — renamed by the Trump administration as ‘Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance’ — does not achieve its objectives in most countries that receive U.S. foreign aid. Instead, it appears that the policy is counterproductive, places lives at risk, and has unintended effects…” (1/11).