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Insult to injury: how Trump's 'global gag' will hit women traumatized by war

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Women victims of war endangered by Gag RuleIf the first victim of war is the truth, the second is often female. And the people who pick up the pieces are usually aid workers, as it is their health centres and “safe spaces” and camp programmes that help women to work through the trauma of loss, displacement and sexual violence.

Funding for this work quite often features the US government. US global health funding has topped $10bn in each of the past three years.

But all that is now at risk, after President Donald Trump’s decision to reinstate the so-called Global Gag rule, which will ban funding to any non-US aid groups that offer abortion services or advice funded from other partners.

As the cases below demonstrate, often the support given to these victims of war will have nothing to do with abortion. But, because the provider might be linked to abortion advice elsewhere in the world, the life-saving programmes they offer are in jeopardy. Without US funding, some are likely to close by the end of the year.

And through no fault of their own, women suffering the agonies of war will find themselves alone.

TVNL Comment:  Why would any woman, or any compassionate man vote for someone like Trump or his party cohorts?  Just asking....

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