Good News & Bad News for Global Women’s Health Under Trump

San Malen Primary Health Unit in Pujehn, Bo district, Sierra Leone, supported by UNICEF.  MCHA Marion Kamara (pink uniform) asissts in all areas of maternal and child health care at the clinic.
San Malen Primary Health Unit in Pujehn, Bo district, Sierra Leone, supported by UNICEF. MCHA Marion Kamara (pink uniform) asissts in all areas of maternal and child health care at the clinic.

First, the bad news.

“Mr. Trump does not have a track record on health and reproductive rights so there’s not a lot we know or can say about it, but we have a lot of concern about what’s ahead of us,” said Serra Sippel, president of the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE).

The global gag rule. UNFPA funding. The Helms Amendment…

Then, the good news: Reproductive rights activists in countries fighting stiff laws say Trump is probably just going to be irrelevant.

Read the whole piece at BuzzFeed News, where I’m the Global Women’s Rights reporter.

Thanks, UNFPA, for the photo of a primary health clinic in Bo, Sierra Leone, one of my favorite places.

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