Last Monday, in one of his first executive actions, President Donald J. Trump reinstated the Mexico City policy, also known as the global gag rule. This policy limits the family planning services that nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) aided by any US government funding can offer their patients.
In 2016, the U.S. appropriated a total of $607.5 million to international family planning and was able to provide 27 million women with access to contraception. Without U.S. assistance for international family planning, developing nations will likely see a large spike in unintended pregnancies, unsafe abortions, and maternal deaths.
Regardless of Trump’s executive order, we at PRJKT RUBY will continue to donate and provide access to contraception for women in the developing world. We’re proud partners with Population Services International (PSI), a nonprofit global health organization who provides access to contraception in the developing world. Since February of 2015, we’ve raised more than $45,000 and provided contraceptive products and/or family planning services to more than 300 women in Latin America.
With support from PRJKT RUBY, Isaura, a woman living the Dominican Republic, is able to follow her dream of becoming a lawyer. “Planning means not having children before I’m ready. It’s preparing myself to give my children the best life in the future,” Isaura said.
We hope that with your support, we can continue to help women like Isaura. We believe investing in women yields long-term social and economic returns for all. If you’d like to donate to Take1Give1, click here.