Abortion restrictions expanded for foreign non-profits receiving US health funds

Abortion restrictions expanded for foreign non-profits receiving US health funds

Abortion restrictions expanded for foreign non-profits receiving US health funds

President Donald Trump speaks during the 36th annual National Peace Officers Memorial Service, Monday, May 15, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

The Trump administration announced Monday that it will expand the denial of US funding for foreign health organizations that provide abortion services or even information about abortion.

The U.S. State Department announced that its new Mexico City policy, rebranded as "Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance Plan", will for the first time also cut funding to "international health programs, such as those for HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health, malaria, global health security, family planning and reproductive health".

President Donald Trump's executive order to block US aid to groups overseas that counsel or provide referrals about abortion went into effect Monday and will restrict almost $9 billion in foreign health assistance.

In all, about $8.8 billion in funding could be impacted, far more than the $600,000 covered under the previous version of the ban, which critics call the Global Gag Rule.

Trump's measure instructs Secretary of State Rex Tillerson "to implement a plan to extend the requirements of the reinstated Memorandum to global health assistance furnished by all departments or agencies", insofar as the law permits.

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According to a report by the Independent, the U.S. State Department has announced a programme, called Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance, which will get Dollars 8.8 billion to fund non-governmental organisations around the world that comply with the "global gag" rule.

Officials said the new policy would be applied immediately to new funding issued and then to existing arrangements as they are amended.

"Foreign NGOs that agree not to perform or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning, or provide financial support to any other foreign non-governmental organization that conducts such activities, will remain eligible for global health assistance funding", said the official.

'Referrals for the termination of a pregnancy in cases or rape, incest or endangerment of the life of the woman are not prohibited under this policy, ' the official said. Excluded will be humanitarian assistance such as migration and refugee-assistance activities, USAID disaster and humanitarian-relief activities, and U.S. Department of Defense disaster and humanitarian relief.

Officials said there will be a comprehensive review of the impact of the changes over the next six months.

Since it was unveiled, the Mexico City rule has been routinely rescinded under Democratic administrations and reinstated under Republican ones, and is used by presidents to signal where they stand on abortion rights.

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The U.S. provides more funding for global health programs than any other country in the world, notes The Post.

"Right now there's a lot of unknowns", she said.

"This executive order does not cut a single penny from USA aid, rather it simply ensures our hard-earned tax dollars are used by other health care entities that act consistently to save lives, rather than promoting and performing abortion".

Suzanne Ehlers, president of Washington-based Population Action International which lobbies in the US and developing countries for women's reproductive health, said in a statement that the change would "cause unspeakable damage to integrated care efforts across all health sectors".

"Today, the Trump administration confirmed our worst fears regarding this new, drastically expanded global gag executive order", Shaheen said in a statement.

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