Halsey Decries Trump's Global Gag Rule in New PSA

Halsey Decries Trump's Global Gag Rule in New PSA

The singer teamed up with the Center for Health and Gender Equity to decry the rule and discuss counteractive measures.

The singer teamed up with the Center for Health and Gender Equity to decry the rule and discuss counteractive measures.

Text: E.R. Pulgar

Indie pop songstress and activist Halsey has teamed up with the Center for Health and Gender Equity to create an informational video tackling a vicious piece of legislation passed by the current administration. She starts the video as follows: "On January 23rd, 2017, Donald Trump sat down at his desk in the White House surrounded by a group of white men and announced his Global Gag Rule, a ban on funding for any international organization that anywhere in its healthcare programs provides or even discusses abortions with patients other than in cases of rape, incest, or life-endangerment."

After establishing the basics of the Gag Rule and the negative implications caused by the loss in funding—namely loss of coverage and care in cases of zika, malaria, and HIV—the video gives viewers a firsthand look at the rule's very real consequences from a hospital in Africa.The accompanying interview with Nigeria's IPAS Director Hauwa Shekarau, leaves viewers with a salient quote: "The Trump administration is playing politics with the lives of women in Africa."

Halsey then goes on to discuss a counteractive measure: the Global HER Act, which would "ensure that eligible organizations across the world can keep providing health services with U.S. funds while continuing to provide abortion-related services with other non-U.S. funds." She vouches for women in the U.S. and abroad, warning that the negative consequences of the Gag Rule could have impact here if we don't ban with women away from home in dismantling it.

Watch the video below.

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