After large numbers of abortions women around the world joined Woman’s Marches on March 8. The US President Donald Trump reinstated global gag rules, which cut off US funding for international NGOs. That provide advocacy or services in abortion.
The Dutch government announced plans to compensate non-governmental organizations for funding gaps of US$600 millions over the next four years. Many countries, both within and without the EU, have supported this plan as well as private foundations and companies.
It remains to determine if this ambitious goal will met. And if any other needs will not met by any redirect funds.
Lilianne Ploumen, the Dutch Minister for International Development Cooperation, announced the initiative. She stated, I’m pro-choice and pro-womens rights. It is important to hold your ground.
While it is important to recognize that efforts to replace. The funding lost under the global gag rule are welcome, this is not a prolife debate. This is a global health problem that has serious consequences for the most. Vulnerable populations, including millions of children and women in developing countries.
Service Disruption Abortions
The global gag rule, also known as the Mexico City Policy. Requires that all international NGOs refrain from performing, advising or endorsing abortions as a method for family planning. Some NGOs work in situations where abortion is safe or unsafe.
Many international NGOs work hard to improve access to contraception, both short-term as well as long-term. This transition is costly and takes time.
Many women’s only source for reproductive health care is often the NGOs that are forced to close or reduce their services due to the policy. They could be the only source of primary care for her family, including pre- and post-natal care, STI prevention, treatment and counselling.
The policy threatens services that train health professionals in countries with a shortage of qualified personnel, such as midwives or traditional birth attendants.
The average number of health professionals in developed countries is 33 per 10,000 people. In contrast, most developing countries only have one health professional for every 10,000 people. Research shows that unattended babies have higher rates of newborn and maternal deaths.
Unintended Consequences Abortions
In August 1984, Ronald Reagan, the former US president, first established this rule. It has been repeal by Democratic presidents, and reinstituted by Republican presidents.
We now have plenty of evidence to support the unintended consequences for our health, unlike Reagan’s policy. According to a 2011 study, women are 2.73 times more likely under the rule to have an abortion. The policy, while intended to decrease abortion rates, actually increases them.
Reduced access to family planning services can lead to unplanned pregnancies, unsafe abortions, and maternal death.
In 2016, the Guttmacher Institute, a sexual and reproductive health research organization, calculated this. The Guttmacher Institute, a sexual and reproductive health research organisation, quantified this in 2016. It found that 27 million couples and women prevent from accessing family planning supplies and services if US$607.5million taken from family planning. This results in six million additional unplanned pregnancies, 2.3 million more abortions and two million more unsafe abortions.
In a country where 12 women die from childbirth and pregnancy each 100,000 live births, this may not be significant. It will have a significant impact on women living in developing countries where the maternal mortality rate for these women is 239 per 100,000 live births and where 99% percent of global maternal deaths occur.
The Millennium Development Goals were adopt by 189 countries, including the United States, in 2000. These included the commitment to improve maternal health through reducing maternal mortality, and to providing access to reproductive healthcare services by 2015. This was the Millennium Development Goal that failed to meet half of its goals.
You Are Falling Short
The US is 19th in the world as an international aid recipient in percentage of gross national income. However, USAID is the largest humanitarian donation in dollars. In 2015, it allocated more than $USD6.42 million to humanitarian aid.
The global gag rule is a serious threat to the UN Sustainable Development Goal, which aims to reduce maternal mortality by less than 70% per 100,000 live births by 2030. It also threatens the UN Sustainable Development Goal of ensuring that all women have access to reproductive and sexual health-care services.
This rule is intended to address family planning. It is basically about spacing out childbirth. Child spacing has many health and economic benefits. They include lower rates of pregnancy-related deaths and higher child survival rates. There are also lower rates of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases, empowerment of women and enhanced education, as well as a decrease in adolescent pregnancies.
These benefits result in more benefits, such as a slowed growth of the population, conservation of natural resources, mitigation of climate change, and economic growth. This reduces conflicts and migration.
The Wrong Abortions Debate
Impoverished women in areas without access to contraception or health care are often forced to have more children. This has negative consequences for the whole family. It increases the demands on limited resources, decreases education options, lowers income, and reinforces poverty.
These regions, which are expected to see the greatest population growth over the next decade (South Asia and Africa), are also the most poor. They have the poorest health-care system and depend on foreign aid for essential services.
The only way to ensure economic growth and poverty elimination is through the demographic transition that high-income countries have experienced. This starts with a decrease in the family size. Anybody who has worked in the field of reproductive health in developing nations will tell you this is what poor women with large families want.
Let’s be clear: this isn’t a country with high income and a religiously-charged pro-life debate. Global gag rules increase abortion demand, and have consequences for a variety of health issues like HIV/AIDS and cervical cancer.
This short sighted, misinformed policy is just as unsupported by scientific evidence as denigrating climate change. We, as a global community have a responsibility to ensure that everyone has access to family planning, especially the most vulnerable.