Trump’s ‘global gag rule’ will cause more abortions, not fewer

by Patricia Schwerdtle
The Conversation – Published 26 January 2017

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Two days after large numbers of people across the globe joined Woman’s Marches, US President Donald Trump reinstated the “global gag rule”, which cuts off all US funding to international NGOs whose work includes abortion services or advocacy. Fortunately, the Dutch government has announced a plan to compensate NGOs for the funding shortfall of US$ 600 million over four years. Several countries within and outside the EU have indicated their support, as have private companies and foundations. But it remains to be seen whether this ambitious target will be reached and what other needs will be left unmet as a result of any redirected funds.

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