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Monday, January 23, 2017

Would The Mexico City Policy Set Off Fireworks In The US?

Trump Set To Reinstate Mexico City Policy On Roe v. Wade Anniversary, According To Congressional Staffer

Foreign Policy: Will Trump Target Women’s Programs Worldwide?
“Lawmakers, government officials, and aid workers are bracing themselves for a broad offensive from President-elect Donald Trump against federal programs that support family planning and gender equality around the world. As one of his first acts in the Oval Office, the Republican president-elect plans to restore the Mexico City policy [also known as the ‘global gag rule’] as soon as Sunday, a congressional staffer told Foreign Policy. … Beyond the gag rule, aid officials fear the next administration has its sights set on slashing programs designed to empower women and bolster public health, including projects aimed at ending gender-based violence and providing women opportunities in business and in politics…” (O’Toole, 1/19).
The Hill: Trump poised to reinstate ‘global gag rule’ on Roe v. Wade anniversary: report
“…[If reinstated on Sunday, the action] would coincide with the anniversary of Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling that made abortion legal, which was decided on January 22, 1973. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, (D-N.H.) told [Foreign Policy] that she is prepared to fight the newly sworn-in president through legislative procedures, should he choose to implement the executive order. ‘It will be one of their first actions, which is very short-sighted,’ she told Foreign Policy…” (Vladimirov, 1/19).