NPR: Global Gag Rule forces vital programs closed
In Kenya and around the world, organizations who rejected President Trump’s Global Gag Rule are feeling the effects.
In January 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order that bans us from US Government funding if we provide, advocate or make referrals for abortion care. In refusing to sign the policy we sacrificed $30 million in funding per year to our programs financed by the US Government.
In a piece for NPR’s health and development blog Goats and Soda, president of MSl-US Marjorie Newman-Williams says when the US Government’s fiscal year ends in September, the full impact of the policy will be realized. At that point, every international organization that does not comply will be fully excluded from US funding.
Of our programs forced to close because of the policy, the most impactful are outreach teams that travel to provide contraception in rural communities in Uganda, Kenya, Senegal, Madagascar, Pakistan and Myanmar.