The Trump administration continues providing healthcare for women while refusing to subsidise the killing of unborn babies, now it has expanded its ban on funding for groups that conduct abortions or advocate abortion rights, known as the global gag rule, and has also cut funding to the Organisation of American States – OAS for that reason.
The new policy was announced by the secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, who declared: “This is decent. This is right. I am proud to serve in an administration that protects the least among us.
As a result of my decision today we refuse to provide assistance to foreign NGOs that give financial support to other foreign groups in the global abortion industry,” he continued. “We will enforce a strict prohibition on backdoor funding schemes.”
Practically, the new policy means that organizations that chose not to comply with the rule in order to keep doing abortion-related work will now have to cut any ties with any organizations that do receive US funds — which is a very large portion of international health NGOs and grant-giving organizations — making it even harder for them to survive.” Read more HERE.
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The extension of the policy announced by Pompeo would not only cut funding to foreign non-governmental organisations directly involved in abortions or abortion rights advocacy but also those who fund or support other groups which provide or discuss abortion. Pompeo rejected the strong criticism of pro-choice groups adding that: “This administration has shown that we can continue to meet our critical global health goals including providing healthcare for women while refusing to subsidise the killing of unborn babies,” he said (The Guardian, March 26, 2019).
Today, @SecPompeo made two announcements to the press about the State Departments ongoing efforts to ensure that U.S. taxpayer dollars are not used to subsidize or promote abortions. pic.twitter.com/DKMjSixZnN
— Department of State (@StateDept) March 26, 2019