Associated Press: Global Gag Rule goes far beyond abortion

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On the one year anniversary of President Trump’s reinstatement of the Global Gag Rule, the Associated Press reports on one of our hardest-hit programs.

In Zimbabwe, Marie Stopes outreach teams used to reach upwards of 150,000 women per year with funding from the US Government. Now nearly half of outreach sites have closed due to lack of funds, and women will have to find another way to services like contraceptive counseling, HIV treatment and testing and maternal healthcare.

Marie Stopes Zimbabwe outreach team leader Future Gwena says some of the areas she serves are so remote that phone service doesn’t exist, cow carts transport women in labor and many people have no idea who President Trump is.

“We created this awareness and told them they are valuable. And now we are leaving them. It’s very sad.”

Read the full piece originally reported by the Associated Press and published by The Washington Post, ABC News and The Daily Mail.

 

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