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Countries Donate Millions To Counter Trump's Global Anti-Abortion Rule


Countries Donate Millions To Counter Trump's Global Anti-Abortion Rule
Huffington Post

While the 1973 Helms Amendment already prohibits U.S. funds from paying for abortion procedures, the global gag rule takes it one step further by cutting U.S. funding to groups that offer information to women about abortion, or pay for abortions with non-U.S. funds.The loss in funds, as a result of the global gag ruleâs reinstatement, will hamper nonprofitsâ ability not only to provide women with advice on abortion, but also to provide other health services, from access to contraceptives to HIV prevention.Marie Stopes International, a major global womenâs health group affected by the global gag rule, estimates that the funding cut could lead to 6.5 million unintended pregnancies, 2.1 million unsafe abortions and 21,700 deaths in the next four years.Doctors Without Borders, which provides contraceptive and safe abortion care worldwide â but will not be directly affected by the global gag rule â said in a release on Thursday that Trumpâs re-instatement of the policy âendangers the lives of women and could encourage unsafe abortions.

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