Trump's 'global gag rule' has damaged fragile health systems worldwide, affected US$9.0 billion of US global health funding

US President Donald Trump imposed the most stringent version of the 'global gag rule' of any US president, causing a profound effect on fragile health systems around the world. Trump's expanded anti-abortion restrictions have affected US$9.0 billion of US global health funding, extending far beyond abortion funding to include funding for other health issues such as HIV, malaria, tuberculosis, and water sanitation. 

By comparison, President George W. Bush's rule applied to about US$600 million in health funding. 

President-elect Joe Biden has pledged that on the first day of his presidency, he will reverse the rule in its entirety, but development assistance experts worry that the damage done by the Trump administration has permanently disrupted the provision of health services among the most fragile systems.

News article - Kaiser Health News