The Trump administration has taken its war on abortion worldwide, cutting off all funding to any overseas organisation or clinic that will not agree to a complete ban on even discussing it

The Trump administration has taken its war on abortion worldwide, cutting off all funding to any overseas organisation or clinic that will not agree to a complete ban on even discussing it

  • The Trump administration has taken its war on abortion worldwide, cutting off all funding to any overseas organisation or clinic that will not agree to a complete ban on even discussing it.
  • The Mexico City policy, dubbed the “Global gag” by its critics, denies US federal funds to any organisation involved in providing abortion services overseas or counselling women about them.
  • Sexual health organisations have said women will die as a consequence as they pursue dangerous DIY solutions or “Back street” abortions instead. In March, the US extended the gag, stating that any organisation counselling women on abortion and using funds from elsewhere – even from its own government or a donor in another country – will no longer be eligible for any US funding.
  • Marie Stopes International supports family planning services in many countries where abortion is illegal.
  • It has raised funds and championed women’s rights to sexual and reproductive healthcare, including abortion, but it cannot match the loss of funds from the United States.
  • Just as hostile to LGBTI rights and abortion is the ultraconservative CitizenGO, started in Spain but now promoting petitions in 50 countries.
  • These movements are reinvigorated by Trump’s global war on abortion.