Trump administration cuts worldwide healthcare aid to groups promoting or performing abortions

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The U.S. government is now the world's single largest provider and implementer of global health programs, and while its total amount of available foreign aid will remain the same, groups that promote abortion rights will be ineligible to receive those funds, even if they're used for other services.

Lila Rose, Founder of Live Action, commented, "Now that the president has put a stop to our tax dollars subsidizing foreign abortion providers and promoters, it's time for Congress to finish the job here in the United States and stop the hundreds of millions of tax dollars going to the biggest abortion chain in America, Planned Parenthood".

Earlier this year, HRC joined 137 other organizations in a coalition statement opposing the global gag rule. At the time, he signaled that it would be expanded.

Funding not affected by the policy change would include "global health assistance to national or local governments, public worldwide organizations, and other similar multilateral entities", along with "humanitarian assistance, including State Department migration and refugee-assistance activities, USAID disaster and humanitarian-relief activities, and U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) disaster and humanitarian relief".

About $8.8 billion in funding could be impacted, far more than the $600,000 covered under the previous version of the ban.

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Of the $8.8 billion, approximately $6 billion is earmarked for the Presidential Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, some of which is used to fund the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.

'Referrals for the termination of a pregnancy in cases or rape, incest or endangerment of the life of the woman are not prohibited under this policy, ' the official said. Organizations should not be disqualified from receiving U.S. assistance because they use their own funds to provide health services and information that are legal in their home country and legal in the U.S. Supporters of global health and development, women's rights, gender equality, and free speech oppose the harmful global gag rule and reject efforts to undermine the health and rights of women around the world.

Senior administration officials said Monday that a plan to expand the so-called "Mexico City Policy" had gone into effect.

Women's health experts also cite a 2011 study by Stanford researchers that shows similar policies may be linked to an increase in abortion rates in sub-Saharan African countries - the exact opposite of the outcome Trump and anti-abortion advocates of the rule are seeking.

Implementation of the new policy means 'we have officially ceased exporting abortion to foreign nations, ' Dannenfelser said.

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Critics say the expansion is more about ideology than about global health.

The U.S. provides more funding for global health programs than any other country in the world, notes The Post.

Another of the administration officials said it would be up to the partner NGOs to decide whether they want to continue taking US funding and complying with the requirement - or not. It won't be known which organisations could benefit, they said, until the groups with existing contracts decide what to do.

If a partner NGO decides against doing so, then "for that particular program, we would look for other partners to continue the services or continue the programs that we're implementing". The Executive Memorandum implemented today is one of the reasons pro-life voters worked to elect Donald Trump to the White House.

"So Planned Parenthood International, Marie Stopes International - these organizations that have an obsession with promoting abortion and performing abortions and treat it likes it's healthcare, which of course it is not - will no longer be eligible to receive international health aid unless they promise not to perform or promote abortion", she explains.

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