February 28, 2014

'Gag Rule will slow down the fight against Aids'

The damage caused by the controversial US policy will only start showing when it’s too late to reverse it, activists and researchers argue. 

Almost 1000 HIV organisations across the globe are likely to be affected by massive funding cuts because of a controversial United States policy that prohibits organisations it funds from offering or advocating for safe abortions, according to new research.

The US global HIV programme, President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (Pepfar), is South Africa’s second largest funder for HIV response — contributing close to R20-billion in the 2016/17 financial year, according to the US global HIV programme’s report.In January 2017 US President Donald Trump reintroduced the Mexico City Policy, popularly known as the “global gag rule”. The law allows the US government to cut funding to organisations if they perform or promote abortions abroad, regardless if this is done with or without US money.

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