How Clinton or Trump May Tackle Global Health as President

By Minal Bopaiah, Communications Manager, PSI

With less than 90 days until the U.S. elects either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump for President, Devex took the time to compare the Democratic and Republican platforms on issues related to global development. There are a number of stark differences, but PSI felt the need to call out one significant policy change that will make our work in family planning more effective:

In a shift from the 2012 Democratic platforms, the 2016 version of the document now explicitly makes the case that “safe abortion”, in addition to affordable family planning information and contraceptive supplies, must be included in the United States’ maternal and child health assistance programming. As expected, the document reaffirms the party’s long-standing opposition to the Mexico City Policy, otherwise known as the global gag rule, which restricts USAID funding for foreign nongovernmental organizations that either offer abortions or provide information about abortion. Obama rescinded that policy shortly after taking office in January 2009.

Check out the infographic below that briefly summarizes the two candidates’ positions:

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Source: Devex

Photo Credit: Trump/ Gage Skidmore Clinton/ Lorie Shaull CC