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Join the Duke Law Club of Northern California and IANGEL for a Special Pro Bono Opportunity.
Have you just been itching to do legal research into Circuit Court interpretations of the First Amendment since you left your con law class?!? Well, here's your chance! No need to be a con law scholar, but we need your legal mind! Join us on Saturday morning, March 25th, to discuss potential applications of two 2d Circuit rulings--915 F.2d 59 and 304 F.3d 183--on First Amendment challenges to the Global Gag Rule (Mexico City Policy), which Trump reinstated and expanded in his January 23, 2017 Memorandum.
The Mexico City Policy, or “Global Gag Rule,” was first announced by President Reagan in 1984. The Policy expanded the prohibition in the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 (22 U.S.C. 2151b(f)(1)) on nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to use United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funds "to pay for the performance of abortions as a method of family planning, or to motivate or coerce any person to practice abortions" to include the additional requirement on foreign NGOs receiving USAID funds not to "provid[e] advice, counseling, or information regarding abortion, or lobby a foreign government to legalize or make abortion available perform or promote abortion as a means of family planning in other nations." The policy was in effect until it was rescinded in January 22, 1993, and then it was reinstated by President Bush on March 28, 2001 and rescinded again by President Obama.
On January 23, 2017, President Trump reinstated an expanded version of the policy, the result of which will reduce women's access to healthcare abroad. The expanded policy applies to all funds furnished by all departments or agencies, not just USAID funds, an increase from previous policies from $600 million to $9.5 billion. It also expanded the rule from a previous limitation on the purpose and application of US funds to a blanket prohibition on any funding to NGOs providing abortions or counseling on abortion as an available healthcare option.
The previous version of the Mexico City Policy was challenged on First Amendment grounds in two 2d Circuit case, 915 F.2d 59 and 304 F.3d 183. Is the expanded policy under President Trump subject to the same challenges with perhaps a different outcome?
We would like your help to review the rulings and discuss.
Duke Law Club of Northern California
About: The Duke Law Club of Northern California is a professional and social alumni group founded in 2012 with the purpose of serving and connecting the 500+ Duke Law Alumni and other Duke Alumni-Attorneys who live and practice in the Bay Area.
Membership: All persons who have a Duke connection (e.g. law school, trinity, fuqua, pratt, etc.) and have or are pursuing a law degree from any law school, including alumni, current law students, practicing attorneys, non-attorneys, are considered members of the Duke Law Club of Northern California.
2016-2017 Board of Directors:
Jamie Yoo (Law 2013), Co-Chair
Rebecca Tseng (Law 2013), Co-Chair
Steven D. Lee (Law 2012), Chair Emeritus
Chris Parker (Trinity 2007), Secretary
David Mikulka (Law 2014), Publicity Officer
Lila Hope (Law 2002)
Adam Mishcon (Law 1990)
Krista Enns (Law 1999)
Ben Richter (Law 2007)
David Makman (Law 1995)
Beau Epperly (Law 2013)
Melinda Anderson (Trinity 1999)
Christy Susman (Trinity 1988)
Darren Abernethy (Trinity 2004)
Jane Adamo (Law 1986)
Linda Brewer (Law 2001)
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the result of which will reduce women's access to healthcare abroad. The expanded policy applies to all funds furnished by all departments or agencies, not just USAID funds, an increase from previous policies from $600 million to $9.5 billion. It also expanded the rule from a previous limitation on the purpose and application of US funds to a blanket prohibition on any funding to NGOs providing abortions or counseling on abortion as an available healthcare option.