One of President Trump’s first acts in the White House was to reinstate the Mexico City Policy, or “the global gag rule”. The policy is reinstated and revoked every time the White House changes from Democrat to Republican and back. That’s because the subject of the policy, abortion, is a highly politicised topic in America.
The policy means that NGOs that receive US foreign aid funding are not allowed to provide or promote abortions. It was first instated by Reagan in 1984 and it essentially exports the US debate on abortion. Sadly, that has dramatic negative effects on the health of women the world over. NGOs that provide family planning services now have a choice to make. Either they need to drop abortions from the suite of family planning options that they discuss, or they lose all US foreign aid funding. It’s important to note two things: