US reproductive health and rights: beyond the global gag rule

by Rachel Benson Gold and Ann M Starrs
The Lancet Public Health, Vol. 2, No. 3, e122–e123, March 2017

2 pp. 52 kB

As one of his first actions as president, Donald Trump imposed and expanded the global gag rule, a sweeping policy that will cripple highly successful US family planning programmes in developing countries and seriously damage broader US global health efforts. This callous policy – ostensibly meant to counter abortion – might shock observers abroad, but is only the opening salvo in what is expected to be a broad-based assault on sexual and reproductive health and rights. President Trump has vowed to “put America first”; however, his policies would put the health of women last, around the world and most certainly in the USA.

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