AIDS 2018 Hears About Implications Of U.S. Mexico City Policy For HIV/AIDS Efforts Worldwide

Medical Xpress: Abortion exclusion to U.S. aid threatens HIV battle: Conference hears
“Scientists and activists warned Friday that antiabortion conditions attached to U.S. aid under the Donald Trump administration threatened programs to halt the spread of HIV. … ‘Now, under the Trump administration, [the Mexico City policy] applies to almost all U.S. global health bilateral assistance, including PEPFAR,’ [International AIDS Society (IAS) President-elect Anton Pozniak] told journalists on the final day of the 22nd International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam. ‘The reach of this policy has been greatly expanded, and has the potential to roll back progress on HIV.’ … Jennifer Kates of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a health research NGO, said the altered policy ‘will likely affect hundreds of recipients’ of U.S. funding. … ‘Some of the greatest harms of the global gag rule will not be measurable … until it’s too late to reverse course,’ said Chloë Cooney of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America…” (7/27).

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