Ms. Foundation President and CEO Ms. Teresa C. Younger statement on President’s Ban on Funding for Overseas Abortion Access

NEW YORK — Teresa C. Younger, President and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women, released the following statement on President Trump signing an executive order blocking foreign aid or federal funding for international nongovernmental organizations that provide or “promote” abortions:

“Today, President Trump signed an executive order reinstating the ‘global gag rule,’ a policy that restricts women’s access to critical reproductive health care, effectively guaranteeing a rise in unsafe abortions worldwide. This action – taken two days after millions of people across the world marched to affirm women’s rights as human rights and the right to bodily autonomy, and one day after the anniversary of Roe v. Wade – shows how out of step this administration is with the needs of women both at home and abroad.

Rather than engage in a conversation about why it is critical to expand access to comprehensive health care globally, including abortion, this administration is already using its executive power to export dangerous anti-choice policies, penalize front-line reproductive health service providers, and punish low-income women trying to access essential health care.

But make no mistake: we will not go back. This first action by the Trump-Pence administration is a harbinger for the fight for reproductive justice that we will all need to engage in full force.  If the administration is going to respond to our collective power by dismantling the gains we have made, the Ms. Foundation for Women will be there, fighting them every step of the way.”

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