Two days after the massive Women’s March, Trump reinstates the Global Gag Rule, like Bush and Reagan before him, showing (again) that he’s just a conventional Republican pol. kowtowing to the Christian right wackos – against women! All of his rhetoric has been anti-choice, including stating that women should be punished. And he’s made nothing but anti-LGBTQ statements and actions since his shout-out at the RNC.
The Mexico City policy, also known as the global gag rule, was first put in place by President Ronald Reagan in 1984. It prohibits giving U.S. funding to 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 policy has severe implications and could be deadly for women and girls in developing countries and conflict zones, who often resort to dangerous methods of ending their pregnancies when they lack access to safe abortion. The World Health Organization estimates that more than 21 million women a year have unsafe abortions in developing countries, accounting for about 13 percent of all maternal deaths.
Despite misgivings over his ties to Russia, Lindsay Graham, John McCain and Marco Rubio will all vote for Tillerson for Secretary of State. Of course they will. The predictability is comforting. The utter lack of statesmanship or individuality is just who they are.