The Global Gag Rule: America’s Deadly Export
Jill Filipovic | Foreign Policy
“The order doesn’t apply to U.S.-based organizations because it violates Americans’ First Amendment rights; no such protections extend overseas. Family planning advocates from Washington, D.C., to Addis Ababa in Ethiopia worry that Trump’s Global Gag Rule will not only roll back many of the modest but critical gains African countries have made on safe abortion, but also the decade’s worth of progress in increasing family planning, decreasing maternal mortality, and promoting democracy and women’s rights more broadly.
‘Murder does not mean just picking a gun or a knife and killing people,’ Gbagbo said. ‘Denying someone their legitimate, rightful access to a service, as a health worker, is equally as murderous as killing someone.’ This is exactly what he and the organization he works for fear the Gag Rule will do.”
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The Dutch Donald Trump Loses
Amy Davidson | The New Yorker
“The fear was that, after a near-miss in Austria, three months ago, the Continent was emulating Trump and reverting to its basest image of itself and of others. In fact, Europe’s current populist-nationalist movements predate Trump’s ascendance, and, at times, it isn’t clear who is nurturing whom. Wilders, for example, was a featured speaker at a 2010 rally in New York, protesting the construction of an Islamic community facility near the World Trade Center site, and he has since written for Breitbart News. Representative Steve King, the Iowa Republican, was praising Wilders when he remarked, earlier this month, that Western civilization could not be saved by ‘somebody else’s babies.’”