What Will President Trump’s Reinstatement of the So-Called “Gag Order” mean for Serving Peace Corps Volunteers?

President Trump has issued an Executive Order in which  “Trump reinstated the Mexico City policy, also known as the global gag rule, which was first put in place by President Ronald Reagan in 1984. It prohibits giving U.S. funding to international nongovernmental organizations that offer or advise on a wide range of family planning and reproductive health options if they include abortion ― even if U.S. dollars are not specifically used for abortion-related services.” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-abortion-men_us_5886369be4b0e3a7356a7910

During Director Carrie Hessler-Radalet tenure, Peace Corps established working partnerships with many organizations, including Health Organizations.  A list of those partnerships  was posted on  Peace Corps World Wide on March 2, 2015.  It included a list of all the partnerships that Peace Corps had at that time. I don’t know how many are still operative. Most of the agreements were for three years.  I know that the partnership with the Global Health Service has been renewed. I was unable to find current information about these partnerships  on the Peace Corps official website.  I have excerpted the list of Health Organizations with which Peace Corps had partnerships, then.  Here is that article: http://peacecorpsworldwide.org/peace-corps-global-partnerships/


Peace Corps Global Partnerships

Here is the list those Health Organizations current as of March 2, 2015.

3. Global Health Service Partnership (Seed Global Health is the organization)

4. Hesperian Health.

5. U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)

6. Population Services International (PSI)

7. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

8. Grassroot Soccer (GRS)

9. Malaria No More

10. Johns Hopkins University (School of Public Health)
The question is how will this Executive Order impact serving Volunteers who may be working with  organizations who may lose funding immediately due to the Executive Order.  The official Peace Corps website is silent.


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  • Tom Livingston, Ghana I, died this morning in Oakland, California Kaiser Hospital reports his partner of over 40 years Karel Wessel. We are honoring him just mentioning his name.

    • Yes, Joanne, Tom was a grand fellow. He had so many friends and one long time lover who was Karel Wessels who because of discrimination many believed some dumb negative things. But Karel was a and is a good man who is and has been a good friend of Tom. He like myself is gay, and Tom was gay. I love the family they were, and now, Karel is alone.

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