U.S. to cut $9 billion from foreign healthcare projects on abortion

President Donald Trump’s order blocking American healthcare funding to groups abroad which counsel or provide referrals, or even information about abortion has come into effect.

The rule has reproductive-rights advocates reeling and is significantly broader than similar bans which have been in place intermittently since 1984.

Those past actions were limited to about $600m worth of funding, covering family planning.

Trump’s version, takes that up to eleven. It is called the “Protecting Life in Global Health” policy, and it will restrict nearly $ 9 B in foreign healthcare assistance.

About $6 billion of that supports programs for HIV/AIDS services, primarily in African countries.

It is expected to take several months before the new policy’s impact is fully felt on the ground.

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