Harlem Congressman Adriano Espaillat issued the following statement today in response to President Trump’s executive order to reinstate the Global Gag Rule:
“Just two days after hundreds of thousands of people participated in Women’s marches throughout our country and across the globe, and just one day after the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, President Trump has shown disturbing disregard for women’s rights by reinstating the “Global Gag Rule,’” said Rep. Espaillat.
“This demeaning and egregious policy directly infringes upon women’s rights to make informed decisions about their health, including access to sexual and reproductive health care. The implications of the President’s actions will have a real and devastating effect on international health organizations who may be forced to close their doors to communities in need worldwide. It is also likely to be extremely dangerous, and in some instances, deadly, for the millions of women around the world who will lose access to safe reproductive healthcare and referrals. Restricting aid for family planning and reproductive health will not eliminate the need for abortion, but rather, it will subject those in need of an abortion to dangerous and unregulated procedures.
“Unlike President Trump, I heard the voices of the hundreds of thousands with whom I marched on Saturday, and I accept the overwhelming research in opposition to this outrageous policy. I will continue to do all I can to protect and advance each woman’s right to make her own important personal health care decisions.”