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HuffPost Politics: May 15th, 2017

HuffPost Politics: Trump just drastically undercut global abortion rights.

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President Donald Trump’s administration announced the details Mondayof the president’s unprecedented international anti-abortion policy, which drastically expands the “global gag rule” that past Republican presidents have placed on U.S. health assistance funds.

The gag rule, also known as the Mexico City policy, blocks international family planning assistance through the U.S. Agency for International Development to any groups or programs that provide or even mention abortions to women, or speak out about abortion laws in their own countries. It was last implemented by President George W. Bush and then was repealed by President Barack Obama.

Trump’s plan, called Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance, goes much further than that. The policy applies the anti-abortion rule to $8.8 billion in global health funding furnished by the State Department, USAID and the Department of Defense, instead of only $600 million in family planning funding. This means that a clinic receiving U.S. assistance for HIV or Zika relief will lose all that money if it so much as gives pregnant women information about safe abortion care.

“The pro-life policy will apply to global health assistance funding for international health programs, such as those for HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health, malaria, global health security, and family planning and reproductive health,” a White House official told Christian Broadcasting Network News.

WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING?

Trump’s Muslim ban faced tough questions from an appeals court on MondayThe March order was Trump’s second effort to craft travel restrictions.

Republican candidates are in a tricky position as health care repeal heads to the Senate. Some of them may be at odds with the positions of the GOP senators from their states.

Potential 2020 candidates are already spending big on campaign ads. Here’s why.

 

ICYMI

 

  • The White House is defending Jeff Sessions leading the search for a new FBI director, despite his promise to recuse himself from the Russia investigation. Reminder: Sessions was also reportedly involved with coming up with the reasons to fire James Comey.

  • A restrictive North Carolina voting law is dead after the Supreme Court refused to review it. An appeals court had previously found that the restrictions harked back to the Jim Crow era.

  • Republican senators have called on Trump to release any “tapes” the president may have recorded of his conversations with Comey.

 

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