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One of the first foreign policy moves of President elect Donald Trump may be to eliminate access to healthcare for some of the poorest women on the planet.

If past is precedent, with the stroke of a pen on January 22 he will re-instate what is known as the Mexico City Policy, or by opponents as the “Global Gag Rule.” This is a restriction that bans NGOs from receiving funding from the American government if those NGOs provide abortion services, counsel patients that abortion is a family planning option, or advocate for the legalization of abortion in their countries. Even if the dollars used to do these things do not come the USA, the entire organization is nonetheless banned from receiving US funding.

This policy has been a political football in domestic American politics for the past 30 years, with Republicans enacting it and Democrats rescinding it, usually on their first day in office. It was was first enacted by President Reagan in 1984 then rescinded by President Clinton in 1993. It was enacted again by President Bush in 2000, and once again rescinded by President Obama in 2009.

Caught in this back-and-forth are millions of women around the world who visit health clinics supported by the United States government, often through grants administered by the United States Agency for International Development.