US Trump Administration expands 'global gag rule'

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the Trump administration expanded an already-broad ban of foreign assistance for abortion services, known as the Mexico City policy (but also referred to as the 'global gag rule'). The policy was was originally put in place by President Ronald Reagan, and required foreign family planning non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to certify that they do not perform or promote abortion as part of their family planning activities. The rule has routinely been rescinded and then reinstated by subsequent Democratic and Republican administrations.

At the start of the Trump administration, the policy was significantly expanded to extend beyond family planning organizations to all health NGOs, including those whom provide HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, nutrition, and maternal and child health.  The most recent announcement now extends the ban even farther to include any foreign NGO which provides financial support to groups that provide abortion services or counseling. The announcement was met with immediate condemnation from Senator Jeanne Shaheen, who leads a bipartisan group of senators whom want the rule permanently revoked.

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