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Foreign aid, abortion, and a new reminder of the Trump administration’s cruelty

The “global gag rule” prohibits foreign NGOs from so much as mentioning abortion—with severe health impacts for vulnerable groups

By Jessica Abrahams  

Demonstrators march against Trump's "gag rule." Photo: Xinhua/SIPA USA/PA Images

It was one of the first things Donald Trump did when he got into power. Within days of entering office in January 2017, the US President reinstated the “global gag rule,” stripping US government funding from foreign NGOs involved in any aspect of abortion work worldwide.

Two and a half years on, new research has confirmed just how harmful this rule really is. As the evidence continues to mount, so does the damage inflicted on vulnerable groups.

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