Trump cuts funding to abortion services – a move that affects HIV services too
President Trump has cut off US government funding to any health organisation that provides abortion services.
It has been seen as a step back for the US on women’s rights – President Obama lifted the ban, which had been in place since the Regan administration in the 1980s.
But several organisations are pointing out that the ban can have a devastating impact on HIV/AIDS patients too.
Global reproductive health organisation PAI notes that previous gag rules had a direct impact on HIV/AIDS prevention services around the world, and even shut down some clinics in Kenya and Ethiopia.
These places are often the only places people can access contraceptives and education on HIV/AIDS.
The Trump decision means health clinics will have to stop offering abortions to receive any funding at all from the US – all services are affected, not just those that directly relate to abortion.
"Women's health and rights are now one of the first casualties of the Trump administration," said Serra Sippel, president of the Centre for Health and Gender Equity in Washington.
The policy puts groups that provide women's healthcare in an "untenable position," said Brian Dixon of Population Connection Action Fund.
They can either accept the restriction to keep their funding or they can reject the restriction and lose their funding, Dixon said.