Playing by the Gag Rule, NGOs Lose Big

In its first year, President Trump’s “global gag rule” barring foreign NGOs bankrolled by the US from performing or promoting abortions, has hit family planning services hard.

Marie Stopes International, which provides contraception and abortion services in 33 developing countries, says the rule strips 17% of its donor income and could spur 2.5 million unintended pregnancies, 870,000 unsafe abortions, and 6,900 avoidable maternal deaths. The International Planned Parenthood Federation says it stands to lose $100 million.

And those are just the quantifiable impacts. Questions remain about how the expanded policy will be implemented. The White House’s own 6-month review is expected next week.


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