Ipas, January 23, 2017
More than 22 million women every year – almost all in developing countries – will have an unsafe abortion because they lack access to safe, high-quality abortion care. There are 225 million women in developing countries who want to avoid pregnancy but lack access to modern contraception. Death from pregnancy-related causes is the second-leading killer of teen girls and women in the global south are most at risk of injury or death from unsafe abortion. Despite these harrowing figures, President Donald Trump has chosen to reinstate the Global Gag Rule, a harmful U.S. policy that forces providers to choose between receiving U.S. foreign assistance funds and providing comprehensive – often lifesaving – care.