Trump has been in office less than a week and his anti-abortion campaign promises are already gaining traction.
If an international organization receives money from the American government, they cannot provide, let alone discuss, abortions. Even if that organization is funding that part of their work with their own money.
Trump just signed an executive order, called the global gag rule or Mexico City Policy, putting this directive into place. The policy was first introduced by President Ronald Reagan, and has been in place under every Republican president since then.
Ilyse Hogue, the President of NARAL Pro-Choice America, had this to say:
“It’s telling that one of Trump’s first executive actions combines two of his favorite things: silencing anyone who disagrees with him and repressing women. Just two days after the historic Women’s March and one day after the anniversary of the historic decision in Roe v. Wade, Donald Trump’s misguided priority is to reinstate the global gag rule, a policy that silences health workers at the expense of their patients. With this action, Donald Trump has turned his anti-women rhetoric into policy, and made it more difficult for women and families all over the world to access vital reproductive care. He really is living up to the lowest of expectations.”
Not surprisingly, Trump was surrounded by a bunch of cisgender white dudes while signing the executive order. It’s important to always make policy decisions without a single impacted person in the room.
Trump is poised to see other anti-abortion policy “wins” in his first few months as President. One campaign promise he made was to turn the Hyde amendment into law. As Better Georgia has previously covered, the Hyde amendment bans federal funds from covering abortion procedures. This disproportionately impacts low income women on Medicaid, as well as veterans receiving care through the VA or Tricare.
The House just passed a bill to make the Hyde amendment — currently renewed annually — a permanent part of law by a vote of 238-183. It now goes to the Senate. I’m sure Trump is eager to sign that bill into law.
Anti-abortion groups are, of course, cheering these measures. And the rest of us are wondering if we’ll survive.