At the Hill, Mark J. Rosell reports that the “Global Gag Rule” has been a tennis match of repeals and restorations since the Reagan administration issued what is officially called “The Mexico City Policy.” Considering its history, this is a routine first-day directive by any new administration, yet it has significant implications for international health organizations.
At the NY Times, the Editorial Board reports that this Presidential memo makes one major departure from the other “Global Gag Rules” of past administrations. In the past, the restrictions only applied to family-planning funds, around $600 million in use today, and activities of the Agency for International Development and State Department. Here, the restrictions apply to “global health assistance furnished by all departments or agencies.” This significantly broader language puts limitations on around $9 billion across every department and agency. Further, it bars funding from organizations that provide abortion (with no exception for cases of rape, incest, or threat to the mother’s life) or abortion referrals, even if the service has a different source of funding or if abortion is not the focus of the organization. Continue reading “Trump signed Pres. memo, “Presidential Memorandum Regarding the Mexico City Policy””