//  3/16/17  //  Topic Update


The Trump Administration has already taken extraordinary steps to undermine reproductive rights. 

The recently released bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act strips federal funds to Planned Parenthood clinics through Medicaid for one year.

o   Emily Crocket (Vox) and the Editorial Board of the Washington Post analyze the recent House bill and conclude that the provision regarding Planned Parenthood burdens low-income women seeking medical services.

Trump proposes informally that Planned Parenthood federal funding can continue if the organization stops providing abortion services.

o   Emily Bazelon (NYT) argues that this aspect of the bill is about politics rather than healthcare, since federal tax dollars don’t pay for abortions, except to save a woman’s life or in cases of rape or incest.

One of Trump’s first acts as President was to reinstate the global gag rule: a policy that blocks US federal funding for NGOs that provide abortion or referral services.

o   Michelle Goldberg (Slate) and Margaret Talbot (New Yorker) explain that Trump’s order greatly extends the previous global gag order, by applying the requirement to global aid furnished by all U.Sgovernmental departments and agencies.

o   At an international family planning conference, nations pledged funds to make up for the gap left by the new U.S. policy.

Trump stated in one of his first interviews as President-elect that abortion “would go back to the states.”

o   Linda Greenhouse (NYT) argues this would split the country in two, between abortion access in the North and limited access for low-income women in the South.


Updates | The Week of January 22, 2018

1/28/18  //  Daily Update

A year after President Trump's reinstatement of the global gag rule, banning U.S. funding to foreign organizations that promote or provide abortion, advocacy groups report significant harms to health services. HHS's new religious freedom division constitutes a new attack on women's health, wrote Jamille Fields at The Hill.

Updates | The Week of January 15, 2018

1/14/18  //  Daily Update

Texas argues in court that undocumented women seeking abortions have no substantive due process rights. The Trump Administration maintains its blanket policy and prevents another undocumented minor from getting an abortion.

Zachary Piaker

Columbia Law School

Updates | The Week of December 18, 2017

12/24/17  //  Daily Update

Another federal judge blocked a Trump Administration executive order that would allow employers with religious objections to refuse employee's contraceptive coverage as a part of healthcare plans. A federal district court in Michigan has upheld a right to display signs depicting aborted fetuses.