September 15, 2020
Statement from Brian Dixon, Population Connection Action Fund’s senior vice president for media and government relations, in response to the Trump administration’s proposal to expand the Global Gag Rule:
The Global Gag Rule has been an unmitigated disaster for people throughout the developing world. Trump’s proposal to further expand this policy is a continuation of his administration’s assault on reproductive rights around the world, further proving its blatant disregard for human life.
The Global Gag Rule has put millions at risk by forcing organizations to choose between desperately needed funding and providing their patients with comprehensive health care services. As a result, organizations providing reproductive health care to the most marginalized communities around the world—including women and girls, LGBTQ+ people, indigenous people, and young people—have been forced to shut their doors and roll back services. Right now, 218 million women across the developing world who want to prevent pregnancy still have an unmet need for modern contraception, and up to 31,000 women and girls die every year from complications from unsafe abortion.
The world can’t take another four years of Trump’s cruelty, chaos, and corruption.
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