With one devastating flourish of the presidential pen, worldwide progress on family planning, population control and reproductive rights was swept away. Now some of the world’s poorest women must count the cost

Six months ago, one powerful white man in the White House, watched by seven more, signed a piece of paper that will prevent millions of women around the world from deciding what they can and can’t do with their own bodies.

In that moment, on his very first Monday morning in office, Donald Trump effectively signed the death warrants of thousands of women. He reversed global progress on contraception, family planning, population control and reproductive rights. His executive order even has implications for the battle against HIV, tuberculosis and malaria.

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