By Kylie Kendall
We’re less than two weeks into Donald Trump’s presidency and the country has already taken giant, monumental, devastating steps backwards. Advancements in American healthcare, immigration policy, environmental protection, Indigenous rights, and global women’s reproductive health that took decades of advocacy and hard work have been instantly set back by a series of executive orders and presidential memoranda Trump signed in his first days in the Oval Office. One such presidential memorandum reinstated the Mexico City Policy (or “global gag order”) originally put into place by the Reagan administration. The policy prohibits U.S. governmental aid to any international organization promotes abortion as a reproductive right, regardless of whether the organization actually provides abortions or whether American aid money actually funds them.
In other words, Trump’s signed away millions of women’s access to choice in seconds and surrounded by a team of white men.
As proud and honored the Dream, Girl/Feminist Wednesday team were to take part in the Women’s March in New York City, we know that the work of the next four years, which will be exhausting, emotionally taxing, and empowering, has only just begun. That’s why we’re launching this series, How to Resist, which will follow Trump’s attempts to set time back with ways we can all directly counteract his horrifying policies.
This week, we’re starting with a list of organizations that could lose or become ineligible for American aid money under the global gag order. We’re encouraging you to donate if that’s feasible for you and if not, to spread the word.
Remember, meaningful change has never come from the top down. Now is our time.
- The International Women’s Health Coalition: A global advocacy organization that promotes awareness and information around women’s, particularly adolescent girls’, reproductive health in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.
- Pathfinder International: An organization that works with governments and health systems to remove barriers to reproductive health options.
- Ipas: An NGO that works to prevent deaths from unsafe abortions by making safe abortion more accessible around the world.
- DKT International: Promotes family planning, including safe abortion services, and HIV/AIDS prevention through social marketing.
- Global Doctors for Change: A network of physicians around the world advocating for safe, comprehensive reproductive healthcare.
- The Guttmacher Institute: A research institute that’s become a leading and important source of trustworthy information on abortion and women’s health.
- International Planned Parenthood Federation: Providing safe and accessible reproductive healthcare, including abortion services, to people around the world.
- Marie Stopes International: Providing contraceptive, abortion and post-abortion services globally.
- Universal Access Project: A project by the United Nations that advocates for U.S. support for access to abortion globally.
- Women on Web: An international, digital collective of women who have had abortions and answer help-emails everyday from women around the world, providing reliable, compassionate information.