Saideh Browne is a women's empowerment activist and President of the National Council of Women of America; a think-tank of keynote speakers and experts. She is frequently hired by corporations, universities, and organizations to give talks on the intersectionality of race, class, and the global grind for gender diversity; as well as other tools and specialized solutions based on the framework of the United Nations’ Global Goals Initiative.

Trump reinstates ban on US funds promoting abortion overseas



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President Trump on Monday morning signed an executive order blocking foreign aid or federal funding for international nongovernmental organizations that provide or "promote" abortions.
The order comes one day after the 44th anniversary of the Roe V. Wade Supreme Court ruling that made abortion legal. 

The so-called Mexico City policy, established by Republican President Ronald Reagan in 1984, blocks federal funding for international family planning charities that provide abortions or "promote" the procedure by providing patients with information about it, including by offering referrals to abortion providers.

Referred to by critics as the "global gag rule", the policy has been subjected to a game of political football over the years, with Democratic presidents rescinding the policy once in office and Republican presidents then reinstating it. 

President Obama rescinded the policy when he took office in 2009.

Republicans quickly praised the order as an advancement of "pro-life" policies that protect taxpayer funds. 
"Life is a precious and sacred gift, and we must do all we can to protect it," said Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas), chairman of the House's health subcommittee. 
"I applaud President Trump for taking this important action and look forward to continuing to work together in advancing pro-life policies and protecting taxpayer dollars.” 
Democrats denounced the order as reflecting a "dangerous obsession" with rolling back reproductive rights. 

“President Trump's reinstatement of the Global Gag Rule ignores decades of research, instead favoring ideological politics over women and families," said Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) in a statement. 

"I will continue to stand up to President Trump and Republican leadership in Congress who are intent on rolling back women's access to reproductive healthcare, and will introduce bipartisan legislation to repeal the Global Gag Rule for good. "

Trump took a firmly conservative stance on abortion during his campaign, promising he would sign legislation preventing U.S. organizations and nonprofits that provide abortions from receiving federal funding, though federal funds legally cannot be used for the procedure. 

Vice President Pence is also a staunch anti-abortion advocate and passed several laws restricting the procedure while governor of Indiana. 

While in Congress, Pence introduced several bills that would have banned federal funding for organizations that provide abortions. 

Trump's ban could impact foreign organizations like the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPFF), which provides family planning services in more than 180 countries. 

While organizations can choose to comply with the policy, and keep U.S. funding, IPPF chose to give up their federal funding when President George W. Bush reinstated the policy after he took office. 

When Obama reinstated the policy in 2009, it came with a new focus on women's reproductive health in poor countries. 

The 2016 U.S. budget included $607.5 million in funding for reproductive health internationally, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports abortion rights. 


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