Sweden to cut aid to groups applying Trump abortion ban

A Swedish government agency on Tuesday threatened to cut aid to NGOs which have suspended abortion services over fears of losing US funding due to a decree signed by President Donald Trump. The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), which aims to tackle global poverty, said it has decided that “partner organisations that receive aid to work on sexual and reproductive health and rights but also accept the president’s orders, can no longer receive aid”. … Continued

Family planning services championed in Northern Nigeria despite gag rule

  The “global gag rule” which denies women contraception and family planning counselling may have met its match in Nigeria’s northern region where women are proactively avoiding unwanted pregnancies with contraceptive pills dispensed by a major charity. Women in the northern Nigerian state of Borno, displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency, have embraced the birth control pill campaign launched by the International Rescue Committee in the Bakassi camp. Rachel Sunday Okoye, one of the midwives … Continued

FEATURE: She Decides!!! A global initiative to challenge the hegemony of the US government in funding family planning and abortion

The story to date On 22 January 2017, the Global Gag Rule was reinstated by Donald Trump the day after he took office. (See the Campaign newsletter report of 27 January which outlines the history of the Gag Rule, which goes back 32 years, the consequences it had for NGOs in the past and the current picture.) Six short weeks later, on 3 March 2017, as reported in the PAI Washington Memo of 7 March, … Continued

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