It’s Not Just US

Even though Trump is only president of one country, his plans and actions are already affecting individuals, specifically women, all around the world.

One of his first actions in office (it was literally done just THREE DAYS after his inauguration) was signing an executive order that reinstated the Mexico City Policy, more commonly referred to as the global gag rule.

Cecile Richards, Planned Parenthood’s president, responded to the rule’s reinstatement in a video in which I think she explains it and its repercussions pretty well and in simple terms. The organization, which is obviously against the global gag rule, also has a handy-dandy page on its website that I referenced when I first found out about the rule because honestly, I had no idea it even existed before Trump reinstated it.

As explained in this awesome article from The New Yorker that I really think you should read, the global gag rule prevents the US from contributing “to nongovernmental organizations that ‘perform or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning in other nations.'” So basically, if an organization is receiving funding from the US, they’re not even allowed to mention abortion or provide their clients with information about the procedure.

The policy was first introduced in 1984 under Reagan’s presidency and has since been put into place by every Republican and taken away by every Democrat. So, for eight years, we didn’t have to worry about the literal millions of women in developing countries that are put in danger.

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Photo by: Kevin Gill, “Earth”, (CC BY 2.0), via flickr

Pregnancy is already risky for women in developing countries without access to proper care and the global gag rule just exacerbates the danger.

The policies of the rule this time around is, however, much more dangerous than it has been in the past. The rule now limits funding to programs fighting against HIV/AIDS and those that fight “many other infectious diseases, and [promote] maternal and child nutrition.” How could anyone think that this is a good idea???

We sometimes are blinded by our own problems and fail to realize that the repercussions of the actions taken by the leaders of our country extend beyond our borders.

Trump isn’t just hurting us – he’s hurting the entire world.

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