The “global gag rule” imposed by the new POTUS Donald Trump, blocking US money funds to any association that is involved in abortion advice and care abroad, could impact millions of young women and girls, jeopardizing their lives and those of their babies, Bill and Melinda Gates have warned.
The chances are, Bill Gates told the Guardian, “that it will create a big void that even a foundation as big as ours can’t fill”.
Trump signed an executive order reimposing the Mexico City policy, which is also known as the ”global gag rule”. This happened on his first full day in office. The “gag rule” has been imposed by the Republicans presidents since Ronald Reagan and lifted by the Democrats. The rule strips funds from any organisation that “performs or actively promotes abortion as a method of family planning” overseas.
But Trump’s order goes further and applies to any organisation that get financed from USAID , not only those involved in family planning. That expansion, said Melinda Gates, was a very big surprise.
“We’re worried that this shift could affect millions of young women and girls around the globe,” she said. “It’s probably going to have a negative effect on a broad range of health programs that give lifesaving treatment and prevention options to those most in need.