‘Pro­tect­ing Life’? Just the op­po­site.

The Washington Post Sunday - - SUNDAY OPINION -

Re­gard­ing the May 16 news ar­ti­cle “Ex­pan­sion of abor­tion ‘gag rule’ will re­strict $8.8 bil­lion in U.S. aid”:

The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion’s ac­tion dra­mat­i­cally ex­pand­ing the scope of the de­struc­tive “global gag rule” is hor­ri­fy­ing. Try­ing to re­name the pol­icy “Pro­tect­ing Life in Global Health As­sis­tance” is dis­hon­est.

The global gag rule doesn’t pro­tect lives. It de­stroys them. As The Post re­ported, many an­tic­i­pate this ex­pan­sion will close clin­ics that thou­sands liv­ing in re­mote ar­eas rely on for health care. We know how this ends, be­cause we’ve seen the re­sults of sim­i­lar poli­cies. It ends in closed clin­ics, med­i­ca­tion short­ages and need­less suf­fer­ing. And it leads to in­creases in abor­tion, al­most all un­safe. The ad­min­is­tra­tion knows it, too, but did this any­way.

Let’s be clear: This pol­icy has noth­ing to do with “pro­tect­ing life” and ev­ery­thing to do with pro­ject­ing ide­ol­ogy onto global health pro­grams. It needs to be dis­carded, not ex­panded.

Brian Dixon, Wash­ing­ton The writer is se­nior vice pres­i­dent of me­dia and

gov­ern­ment re­la­tions with the Pop­u­la­tion Con­nec­tion Ac­tion Fund.

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