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An Analysis of the Effect of the Global Gag Rule Issued by President George W. Bush Preventing NGOs Receiving USAID Fund From Speaking Against Abortion
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On January 25 2001 on his first business day in office and the 28th anniversary of Roe v Wade the landmark US Supreme Court decision establishing a womans right to an abortion President George W Bush stupidly re-imposed the Global Gag Rule on the US Agency for International Development USAID population program This policy restricts foreign non-governmental organizations NGOs that receive USAID family planning funds from using their own non-US funds to provide legal abortion services lobby their own governments for abortion law reform or even provide accurate medical counseling or referrals regarding abortion See what damage he is doing The 1973 Helms Amendment is a legislative provision that already restricts US funds from being used for these activities but Bush had to get involved for political purposes About 2 million women die every year from unsafe abortions a statistic that could be virtually eliminated by the provision of appropriate health information and services and law reform efforts Despite this President Bushs Executive Memorandum directs USAID to reinstate in full all of the requirements of the Mexico City Policy in effect on January 19 1993 According to this policy foreign organizations--often the only health care providers in remote rural areas--are prohibited from using their own non-US funds for providing legal abortions even can you believe where a womans physical or mental health is endangered the only exceptions are in cases of rape incest or where the womans life is endangered providing advice and information regarding the availability and benefits of abortion and from providing referrals to another health clinic lobbying their own governments to legalize abortion to maintain current law and oppose restrictions or to decriminalize abortion and conducting public education campaigns regarding abortion In addition even the provision of services that are permitted1 on paper such as life-saving abortions and post-abortion care are often curtailed because NGOs fear jeopardizing their
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