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Dr. Paula Tavrow, associate adjunct professor of community health sciences and director of FSPH's Bixby Program in Population and Reproductive Health, authored a letter published May 21 by the Los Angeles Times addressing harms of the "global gag rule" prohibiting U.S. financial aid to overseas organizations that discuss abortion.
From Paula Tavrow:
Thank you for your excellent editorial on the deleterious effects of the Trump administration’s expanded version of the “global gag rule,” which prohibits U.S. government support to any organization overseas that counsels women about abortion. (“Trump's new global gag rule will devastate healthcare in poor countries,” editorial, May 22)
However, the global gag rule has one other insidious provision: It cuts off funding for anyone in a poor country who seeks to raise awareness about or liberalize their nation’s abortion laws, no matter how draconian.