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Editorial: White House policy changes put women’s health at risk

In an editorial featured in the Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care, ANSIRH’s Dan Grossman examines how the Trump administration’s sexual and reproductive health policy changes threaten women in the USA and across the world.

Much progress has been made in the use of more effective contraception and reduction in unintended pregnancy. However, Trump administration policies could roll back progress on women’s health. A concerning development is the re-imposition of the Mexico City Policy, also known as the Global Gag Rule, which prevents US-funded organizations from providing, informing about, or advocating for abortion care in their countries.

Furthermore, Trump has made statements in support of reversing the Roe v. Wade 1973 landmark ruling that made abortion legal. While it is unclear that this ruling could be overturned, it is worrying because state legislatures and the US Congress will certainly feel emboldened under the new administration to pass more restrictive legislation.

Read the editorial, titled, “Sexual and reproductive health under the Trump presidency: policy change threatens women in the USA and worldwide."

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