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Erika Guevara-Rosas – Trump’s Global Gag a Devastating Blow for Women’s Rights

MEXICO CITY, Jan 25 2017 (IPS) – The image of a group of men in suits making decisions about the rights of women is becoming an emblematic sign of the backlash against our human rights, particularly those related to women´s bodily integrity and reproductive and sexual freedoms.

Just two days after the massive demonstrations for equality and against discrimination that took place in cities across the USA and around the world, President Donald Trump decided to put the rights of women at risk by reinstating the so-called “global gag rule”. The rule blocks US federal international funding for non-governmental organisations that provide abortion counselling or referrals, advocate to decriminalise abortion or expand abortion services – even though the US does not fund these services itself.

The global gag rule – also known as the Mexico City Policy – was first instated by Ronald Regan´s administration in 1984, and has been traditionally rejected by Democrat administrations only to be reinstated by Republican Presidents.

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