'Global gag rule' on abortion to hurt women in developing countries most - WLC

The Women's Legal Centre (WLC) says there will be serious ramifications for women in developing countries following the decision by US President Donald Trump to reinstate the so-called 'global gag rule' on abortion.

The policy prevents the channeling of any funding from the US government to any international NGO which promotes or performs abortions.

According to WLC attorney Bronwyn Pithey, the South African healthcare organisations have relied heavily on funding from the US.

Pithey explains that services for women are already compromised in developing countries, as they tend to have less control over their reproductive rights.

Pithey says the move treads into the territory of moral judgment.

To have a moral position take over and have consequences like this has been referred to as inhumane.

Bronwyn Pithey, attorney at the The Women's Legal Centre

Concerns have been raised over the potential rise in unwanted pregnancies, unsafe abortions and the deaths of pregnant women.

The Vice-President of Marie Stopes International has called the decision catastrophic saying that women in developing countries will be most affected.

Take a listen to her perspective on the Pippa Hudson Show:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : 'Global gag rule' on abortion to hurt women in developing countries most - WLC


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