By Dean M. Harris, J.D., Associate Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA, Dean_Harris@unc.edu
In January of 2017, I wrote a blog post for Global Health Law Groningen about the global health effects of the 2016 U.S. election. I wrote it a few days before the inauguration of a new president. At that time, I made some predictions about the likely effects of the election on the U.S. role in global health.
I wish that my predictions had been wrong. In fact, the actual results have been worse than anticipated. My predictions in January of 2017 were that “It is very likely that the change of government in the U.S. will: (1) reduce access to reproductive health services; (2) change the amounts and priorities of development aid from the U.S. government; (3) reduce progress in responding to global environmental problems; and (4) change U.S. immigration policies in ways that adversely affect other countries.” Specifically, I noted that the new president might reinstate the U.S. government’s Mexico City Policy, which critics call the “global gag rule.”