President Donald Trump signed an anti-abortion executive order that has very dangerous consequences for women’s reproductive health access in developing countries and conflict zones.
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"Trump reinstated the Mexico City policy, also known as the global gag rule, which was first put in place by President Ronald Reagan in 1984. It prohibits giving U.S. funding to international nongovernmental organizations that offer or advise on a wide range of family planning and reproductive health options if they include abortion ― even if U.S. dollars are not specifically used for abortion-related services. The United States spends about $600 million a year on international assistance for family planning and reproductive health programs, making it possible for 27 million women and couples to access contraceptive services and supplies. None of that money is spent on performing abortions. The Helms amendment has prevented U.S. tax dollars from funding overseas abortions since 1973. Proponents of the global gag rule believe the policy is nevertheless still necessary, arguing that Helms isn’t strong enough by itself. The executive order is one of the first Trump has signed since taking office. Sitting in the Oval Office Monday, he also signed ones freezing federal hiring and withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal," reports HUFFINGTONPOST.
Trump’s executive order could be deadly for women and girls worldwide, who often resort to dangerous methods of ending their pregnancies when they lack access to safe abortion. According to HUFFINGTONPOST, the World Health Organization estimates that more than 21 million women a year have unsafe abortions in developing countries and conflict zones, accounting for about 13 percent of all maternal deaths.
What can we say, dear friends? Nothing. Yes. Often I can say nothing and now I can say nothing. I'm lost for words. This message is extremely shocking. Probably, Trump is a very dangerous man and these aren't empty words. This is a fact. Every life has no price for Trump. Two or three dollars are more important for him than a woman who dies and wants to live.
America, wake up! Wake up! Open your eyes! Never forget who your president is.
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Donald Trump signed three executive orders Monday in the Oval Office.