Trump details anti-abortion ban over US global health aid

Trump details anti-abortion ban over US global health aid

"HRC has long opposed the "Global Gag Rule" and any policies that seek to limit access to critical healthcare services", said HRC Senior Vice President for Policy and Political Affairs, JoDee Winterhof.

"President Trump is keeping faith with the nearly 60 percent of Trump voters who supported him and Vice President Pence based on their endorsement of the Republican Party's platform on life and religious liberty".

Under the guise of "Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance", President Donald Trump's newly renamed version of the Mexico City Policy will reportedly offer almost $9 billion in government funding to health care organizations around the world, provided those organizations don't offer abortion services. Obama had lifted the ban when he took office in 2009.

The new policy applies to funds provided to foreign non-governmental organizations, but not to aid provided to governments or multilateral organizations, the State Department said. The Secretary of State could also authorize exemptions on a case-by-case basis. There's a reason the Department of Defense is in ALL CAPS.

So that's why on Monday, the State Department will announce this new plan called "Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance" in which almost $9 billion in global health assistance funds will be appropriated to the Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. Experts estimated that the rule would apply to about $600 million in US relief, as it had with past administrations, but the inclusion of the Defense Department raises the stakes-and raises the amount of money the administration is willing to spend in advancing its anti-abortion agenda.

After Trump signed the rule into law in January, other countries around the world swooped in to fill what they anticipated would be a $600-million funding gap in global family planning. Now, it's much more expansive as the Trump administration applies the policy to a much wider pool of money ($8.8 billion) within federal agency programs and includes Department of Defense programs as well.

The pro-life policy will apply to global health assistance funding for worldwide health programs, such as those for HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health, malaria, global health security, and family planning and reproductive health", a White House official told "The Brody File. The policy won't apply to all funding. The expanded policy also does not apply to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief or to United Nations funds and programs. Yes, Trump's Mother's Day message was targeted toward women living in the US, but if the government is going to allocate almost $9 billion dollars to global health care organizations, shouldn't those who are on the receiving end of such federal aid also be given "affordable, accessible, and quality health care" that is "critical" to improving their health and "ensuring that it fits their priorities at any stage of life"?

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

The State Department said in a statement: "Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance does not reduce the amount of global health assistance the U.S. Government makes available, and funding previously obligated will not be affected as a result of this policy".

This is ultimately a winning issue for the Trump administration. By the way, that figure included almost 40 percent of people who supported Clinton in the 2016 election.



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