Global gag order could cost BFPA

The Barbados Family Planning Association (BFPA) is set to lose funding from United States donors for one of its programmes as a result of the reinstatement by US president Donald Trump of the Mexico City policy, also called the global gag rule, which bars US federal funding for overseas groups that provide access to or counselling about abortions.

It was not immediately clear how big a hit it will take, and Executive Director Juliette Bynoe-Sutherland said the BFPA did not rely heavily on US government or other external funding sources, therefore its core programmes would not be affected by the Trump administration policy.

However, she said there was the possibility the local organization could lose US funding for its ongoing HIV programme since that programme was partially supported by a US-funded international non governmental organization, which must comply with the order.

“We are uncertain and we are currently awaiting a formal advisory about the status of our US funded projects from our US funders. BFPA stands in solidarity with our sister organizations across the globe who rely heavily on US funding. BFPA cannot sign any commitments that go against the laws of Barbados, our core public health mission for women and families, and our historical role in Barbados’ socio-economic development,” Bynoe-Sutherland indicated.

Introduced by President Ronald Reagan at a United Nations conference in Mexico City in 1984, the policy, dubbed the global gag rule by abortion-rights groups, was overturned by Bill Clinton in 1993, reinstated under George W Bush in 2001 and rescinded by Barack Obama on his third day in office in 2009.

Dozens of organizations issued a coalition statement on Monday against the policy, arguing it wound not stop abortions, just make them less safe.

The International Planned Parenthood Federation said it would rather lose the $100 million in US aid that it receives rather than abide by the policy restrictions.

The BFPA sounded a similar tone, with Bynoe-Sutherland insisting the organization was bound by Barbadian law and its own responsibility to ensure easy access to family planning services and safe abortions and in turn limit the number of potentially deadly backroom practices.

“This issue of unsafe abortions has been relegated to the historical dust heap in Barbados by esteemed public health physicians, politicians and social planners in the 1970s and 1980s. We have had a Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act since 1983. The gag rule compels us to choose between being silent about a lawful service for women and receiving international funding from US government sources. This is not much of a choice.

“BFPA cannot sign any gag order preventing work or advice on family planning and abortion issued by the United States government, as the work of the association on family planning and abortions is in compliance with the sovereign laws of Barbados and women in Barbados view these services as essential health and guard these rights jealously,” she said.

The spokeswoman said it would therefore be “virtually impossible and ill-advised for any organization working on women’s sexual and reproductive health issues to be silent on the issue of contraceptives and termination”.

Marie Stopes International, a UK-based aid group that provides abortion services and contraception around the world, said 21.6 million women put their lives on the line each year by risking unsafe abortion.

“Thousands of them die, and millions more are left with life altering injuries,” the director of the group’s international operations Marjorie Newman-Williams said.

13 Responses to Trumped!

  1. Ian S Senior
    Ian S Senior January 28, 2017 at 2:01 am

    Talk to The Netherlands…….

  2. Peter January 28, 2017 at 7:01 am

    Simple. Our people need to think outside our boundaries and stop begging and relying on these countries for financial aid only to be looked down upon. We have to, we must creat new ways to solve our internal problems. Don’t blame Trump. We can’t change him nor the white American way of thinking. His big win confirms racism and genderism exists in the world’s freest democracy. Go figure the rest.

  3. allison archer January 28, 2017 at 7:47 am

    illegal backroom practices or “legal” abortions are all deadly

    people need to be taught the sixth instruction and stop committing murder, innocent lives being put to death by the uncaring

    we call Barbados a Christian society and do not put into practice what the Living God has commanded

    this hypocritical lifestyle will eventually destroy all Godly morals that were embraced by our fore parents leaving man without any worthy substance

    I am thankful God intervened in this election in giving President Trump who though not a Christian the authority to enforce His Truth to the masses before we destroy not only these innocent lives but the entire population
    let the will of the Lord be done

    • Richard Johnston January 28, 2017 at 8:18 am

      Trump is a selfish opportunist who will do anything to pander to his nativist constituents. You can thank not god but Trump’s selfish intentions.

      • allison archer January 28, 2017 at 1:56 pm

        and what about you Richard Johnston, you ever examine yourself, first consider the plank in your eye then you can take the speck out of Trump’s eye

  4. lswiltshire January 28, 2017 at 10:20 am

    Allison, you are correct.
    The power that be are ordained by God- and so was Trump.
    Trump is a sort of King Josiah of old.
    He gives America the last chance to return to the Godly principle on which their nation was founded.
    Just as health insurance is not healthcare, abortion is not contraception

  5. Watchfulwarrior January 28, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    For those who cannot understand… Stem cell researchers approached places like family planning in order to purchase foetuses..this was unethical at the highest level…in order to stop this he wants to ban abortion all together…that indeed will not stop abortion because we will once again have a rise of backstreet doctors butchering girls and women…remember some pass cases.. I believe he needs to make a prayerful decision about this decision primarily … Perhaps those who are praying for him can petition God to grant him wisdom and wise Godly council

  6. Peter January 28, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    You know? I wonder how many women Trump raped, ravished sexually, impregnated and subtly paid for their abortion to save face and scandal.

  7. Sarifa Patel January 28, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    The bible tells us there is nothing new under the sun. Compare Trump’s agenda to that of Hitlers. God said a worse than Hitler to cone. Hitler wanted a pefect Germany so he decided to rid Germany of Jews, disables, physically challenge, homosexuals, lesbians etc by creating a register for such. Jews had to wear arm bands as means of identification, built the berlin wall, cordoned off warsaw, brainwashed the germans. We all know tge outcone God tore down tge berlin like He has torn down every wall tgat man has built to seperate people. Now Trump he wants to register muslins in america, he bans muslims from coming into the country , he wabts to build wall to keep out the mexicans, he mocked tge disable, his own son is autistic, so he mocked him as well , his current wife was an illegal immigrant. Trump himself is the son of immigrants. Actually America belongs to the indians. He is a petulant child. He has an identity problem he does not know who he really is. He is leading the world right into final war and you can bet on it. The party is in disarray, he has insukted women and the other nations of the world. I am sure Putin has a hold over him thats why he keeps praising him, if not Putin will have his head. Trump is Hitler and Hitler ideologies lives in Trump. May God pulled him down before he destroys America. Ask yourself who was the republican who investigated him and has the dossier on him.

  8. Carson C Cadogan January 28, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    Good work Trump!!!!!

  9. Jennifer January 28, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    @CCC – Well said. And for all the Christians – Trump is a christian too – oh yes. He is said to be part of the bed sheet crew who burn crosses on blacks lawns a.k.a kkk. Christianity goes against the bible as it does NOTHING which is written in the scriptures, this is why Christianity is responsible for all the ills of the earth. People need to stop separating TRUMP from the rest of the WHITE race, he is the epitome of their taught process (DNA). Esau (RED) of the bible came out of mount Seir which he was given, also known as Petra or the CAUCASUS mountains (hence the name Caucasian) and overtook the whole earth and drop his seed in all lands to cause poverty and hardship among all people as he lived by the sword via raping, robbing and pillaging and spreading disease. Take away their corporations and money or back them into a corner and you will see exactly what you are dealing with.

  10. Jennifer January 28, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    The bible is EXTREMELY accurate and on track.


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