Staying silent against anti-choice policies is not an option

 Trump’s gag order is unacceptable to me One of the first executive orders Donald Trump pushed through in his first few weeks as the President of the United States was the Mexico City policy, also known as the global gag rule. This move came as no surprise, as Republicans have a history of reinstating the policy every time they come back into office. However, the degree to which Trump expanded this order is staggering. The gag order now affects all global health funding, as opposed to just family planning funded through USAID or the State department. This applies to a total of $9.5 billion in global health funding, rather than just the approximate $575 million in family planning and reproductive health funding that the global gag order would normally affect. This order bans American NGOs working abroad from discussing abortions, and effectively gags doctors from giving reliable and truthful medical advice to their patients. While the politics that put this gag order in place are domestic, the greatest and most long-lasting impact it has is on the women and families in foreign countries. The UN Human Rights Committee responded to Ireland’s criminalization of abortion last year by deeming it a human rights violation. Actions like this serving to prove that Trump’s restriction of this human right will have a far-reaching impact on those who need access to it most. It has been proven time and time again that the global gag rule does little to stop abortion, but instead fosters the desperation that leads to unsafe abortions, resulting in the injuries and deaths of the women in need. The Trump administration refuses to acknowledge that the most effective measure to...

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