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President Biden Repeals Trump-Era Gag Rule

As of the 28th January, US President Joe Biden repealed the global gag rule, also known as the Mexico City policy. This policy restricts US funding from going towards non-governmental organisations if they provide abortion services or referrals for them. Having been put in place in 1984 under Reagan, the rule has been in place for 21 of the past 36 years.  The gag rule was previously expanded under Donald Trump to include any organisations that received US health funding. Another expansion took place in 2019 and it is estimated that the rule applied to $8.8 billion, $600 million of that relating to family planning. By repealing this rule, as is standard practice under a Democratic presidency, the health and reproductive rights of millions in third-world countries are secured.

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