Representatives from Family Health Options Kenya traveled to speak out against the Trump administration's Mexico City Policy — also called the "Global Gag Rule" — on Wednesday night.
Human rights activist Lisa Shannon met Amos Simpano, director of clinical services at Family Health Options Kenya, and Clinic Director Melvine Ouyo during a trip to Kenya in March. Simpano and Ouyo arrived in the United States last week to speak across the country about the impact of the Global Gag Rule on their organization.
Students came to the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History to learn more about the Mexico City Policy and healthcare in Kenya. Sophomore Mallory Link said she attended the event because she was interested to hear about how policy in the United States is affecting populations abroad.
Shannon said the Global Gag Rule cuts funding for any overseas healthcare provider that presents abortion as an option for patients. As a result of this order, Family Health Options Kenya lost 50 percent of its funding.
Family Health Options Kenya provides low-cost healthcare services through 16 clinics across Kenya. The organization has an outreach program for remote populations that may not be able to travel to their clinics. Simpano said Family Health Options Kenya is different from many other healthcare organizations in the country because women can come to the clinic freely and without fear — they know they won't be turned away, ignored or shamed.