VLJ manufacturer Eclipse Aviation continues to generate controversy. The Albuquerque, NM-based company confirmed Friday that is was unable to meet payroll obligations that came due on Thursday, Nov. 13, but would fully pay employees no later than the following Tues. In addition, the company denied reports of any layoffs and expected the full workforce on site the following week.Troubles began last summer as the company, arguably the primary driver of the Very Light Jet phenomenon in private aviation, dismissed 600 workers and ousted founder Vern Raburn in attempts to offset financial woes. Previously, the company enjoyed robust sales through 2007, with as many as 2,500 orders for the Eclipse 500 jet. Delivery backlogs and a controversial temporary FAA grounding and investigation of the jet owing to an emergency landing last summer hobbled operations. An influx of overseas investment, including an agreement with the Russian State Bank Vnesheconombank (VEB) Supervisory Board, chaired by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, that called for the construction of a factory in Russia to assemble jet seemed to renew optimism for the company.
It was one of Donald Trump’s first acts as President: a Jan. 23, 2017 executive order that cuts off U.S. support to foreign groups unless they promise not to “perform or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning.” This includes providing patients with referrals or information about the procedure, even if those activities are funded by non-U.S. government sources.Every Republican president since Ronald Reagan has adopted a variant of the “Mexico City policy” — so called after the city where it was first announced. And every Democratic successor has reversed it.But Trump’s version is far more sweeping. Rather than limiting the ban to U.S. aid for family planning services, Trump has for the first time applied it to aid for virtually all global health services, including HIV treatment and prevention. Meaning if any health service also provides information on abortion, it can’t get U.S. funding. As NPR has previously reported, some of the world’s largest charities providing health care for people in poor countries have deemed the terms ethically or logistically unacceptable — critics often refer to the policy as “the global gag rule.” As a result, these groups have already given up millions of dollars in U.S. funding and begun cutting back on services.Less well-known is that the administration has actually included several exceptions to the policy — essentially a list of conditions under which a group that accepts U.S. aid money can still refer clients to an abortion provider. Now several advocacy groups that oppose the policy are trying to spread the word. Among them is the Washington, D.C.-based group Center for Health and Gender Equity, or CHANGE, which released this month a report that includes an analysis of these exceptions.”This is so important and yet people don’t know about it — even my colleagues in the U.S.,” says Serra Sippel, executive director of CHANGE. “Across the board in terms of groups in [the affected] countries as well as those of us advocating in Washington, D.C., we don’t have all this information.”Activists and political leaders who oppose abortion argue that the Mexico City policy is needed to ensure compliance with the spirit — and not just the letter — of a long-standing Congressional ban on using taxpayer money to fund abortions overseas. That ban — which has been regularly passed as part of foreign aid spending bills since 1973 — only prohibits direct U.S. funding of foreign groups that perform abortions or “motivate” people to get abortions. The ban does not prevent groups that receive U.S. support from using monies from other, non-U.S. sources to do abortion-related work. That’s where the Mexico City policy comes in.Contacted by NPR for comment, the U.S. State Department declined to provide an official to speak on the record but issued a statement reiterating that rationale. “Supporting the abortion industry and abortion lobby in other countries is incompatible with U.S. law, and undermines our public diplomacy interests,” the statement read. “When the United States provides taxpayer-funded aid to help the poorest of the poor … it is critical that the message associated with our country is our warm recognition of the dignity, worth and potential of each life we touch.”The statement added that “the policy does not change funding levels by one dollar” and that U.S. aid agencies will be re-allocating monies from groups that refuse the terms of the policy to those that do.But opponents of the policy, such as CHANGE’s Sippel, argue that there aren’t enough health-care groups that would be willing or able to step in for those that decline the funding. So she’s hoping one way to ensure that the policy does not disrupt health services to the world’s neediest will be to educate more groups on how to get around it. In particular Sippel points to two exceptions that, on their face, may seem esoteric but which could ultimately have enormous scope.The first of these is called the “affirmative duty defense.” It exempts providers in countries where the national law specifically requires them to provide counseling and referral for abortion as a method of family planning. In other words, in these countries, if the provider, say a nurse at a health clinic, were to comply with the U.S. ban on discussing abortion, then that provider would be in violation of their own country’s laws.In legal parlance, these providers are considered to have an “affirmative duty” to offer abortion counseling and referrals. So the Trump Administration’s regulations entitle them to invoke this “affirmative duty” defense to continue discussing abortion without triggering a violation of the terms of their U.S. funding.CHANGE was one of several groups that successfully lobbied the Trump administration to include the exemption for affirmative duty in the regulations. The activists were particularly concerned about how the policy could impact South Africa.”South Africa has probably one of the most progressive abortion laws in the world,” says Sippel. “In South Africa, the right to an abortion is enshrined in the constitution.” That means health providers — including providers that don’t directly work on family planning but who might confront abortion questions in the course of say, community outreach on sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV/AIDS, “have an obligation to provide information for women so they can access safe abortion.”At the same time South Africa is one the largest single recipients of U.S. aid dollars to combat HIV/AIDS. And moving forward, disbursement of much of that money will be covered by Trump’s more expansive version of the policy.”We were horrified,” says Sippel. “Our reaction was, how are groups in South Africa going to be able to accept this funding?” Agreeing to the terms, “would put them in direct violation of South African law. And what a disaster this would be if no organization in South Africa could accept U.S. HIV/AIDS funding.”Getting the exemption language into the regulations was a major victory for the activists — but also only the first step. The ultimate test will be whether aid groups in South Africa choose to invoke the affirmative duty defense.So far it’s hard to know how many will do so. “It’s way too early to have quantitative data,” says Jennifer Kates, director of global health and HIV policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation, which has been tracking the impact worldwide. One reason is that so many groups are only now facing the expiration of grandfathered U.S. assistance grants and making the decision about whether to reapply for new funding that would be covered by the policy.Still, Sippel of CHANGE says anecdotal evidence suggests many aid groups in South Africa are unaware of the exemption. And because the “affirmative duty” clause does not specify by name which nations it covers, they may be reluctant to assume the exemption applies in their case without explicit advance confirmation from the Administration.Administration officials did not directly address NPR’s request for comment regarding the Administration’s reasons for including the “affirmative duty” exemption. But in the statement they gave NPR they said that “the U.S. government will respond to those organizations that have asked for further clarification of the policy.”Sippel says she’s hopeful that if a group can get U.S. officials to issue a statement explicitly naming South Africa as a nation where the affirmative duty defense can be invoked, the impact could be enormous.”South Africa is the clearest example of where there’s really no ambiguity in the law,” she says, “but there are other countries we are looking at where this could also apply.”Chief among them are Kenya and Mozambique. Getting a clear pronouncement from the administration on South Africa “will really help us with other countries to get this information out there,” she says.Another exemption with potentially sweeping implications is one that has been in every version of the policy since Reagan. Known as the “passive referral” exception, it spells out that in countries where abortion is legal, a health-care worker with a group receiving U.S. aid dollars can tell a woman where she can obtain an abortion if the following four conditions are met:The woman is already pregnant.She states that she has already decided to have an abortion.She then asks where she can obtain the abortion safely and legally.And finally, the provider believes that the ethics of the medical profession in their country require them to respond with information.This is less of a loophole than it might appear, cautions Sippel, because the set-up requires the woman to know that abortion is a legal option in her case and proactively request a referral.There may also be linguistic challenges. For instance, in Zimbabwe, says Sippel, a representative of one aid organization told her that the Shona language spoken there does not actually have a word for “abortion.” Instead, says Sippel, women may use a term that roughly translates as “aggressively pulling or removing.” If a provider is relying on an interpreter who translates that word ambiguously, they may be nervous about jeopardizing their U.S. funding over a technicality.It’s also likely that many groups are simply unaware that passive referral is permitted. Kates notes that U.S. aid is often funneled through larger charities, which then pass it on to much smaller local groups operating on the ground. At each stage, the rules of the policy must be communicated down. “So it’s a game of telephone,” she says, and conveying highly legalistic exceptions is particularly challenging.Sippel says for all its narrowness, the passive referral exception could be useful to supporters of abortion-rights. “This is obviously not ideal, but any kind of exception we can find is a good thing,” she says. “If there are these small slivers of reprieve that we can offer groups it’s important for us to get the information out there.” Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
Governor Roy Cooper wants to tackle North Carolina’s infant mortality rate, which is one of the worst in the nation. The governor issued an executive order this week, calling for an “action plan” to lower infant mortality and improve health conditions by 2025.Creating a master plan will be in the hands of the 25-member North Carolina Early Childhood Advisory Council. The Department of Health and Human Services is hoping to have an early draft ready and available for public comment by November 1st. Cooper wants the plan to encompass a variety of early childhood issues including food insecurity, foster care and the high number of children living in low-income households.
A note from the editor:For nine years, Disability News Service has survived largely through the support of a small number of disability organisations – most of them user-led – that have subscribed to its weekly supply of news stories. That support has been incredibly valuable but is no longer enough to keep DNS financially viable. For this reason, please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please remember that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring, and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS… The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has repeatedly breached freedom of information laws in an apparent attempt to prevent the release of secret reports written by disabled people recruited to work within its jobcentres.Two years ago, DWP published a work, health and disability green paper, Improving Lives, in which it revealed plans to recruit about 200 new “community partners”.Ministers said these community partners would have “personal and professional experience of disability” and would support work coaches in jobcentres.The aim was for them to “provide valuable first-hand insight” into the issues faced by disabled people in “securing and sustaining employment”, with work coaches able to draw on their local knowledge.The community partners, many of whom were to be seconded from disability organisations, would also help map local provision of peer support and service-user groups.But Disability News Service (DNS) has since learned that these community partners submit regular reports on their work, often based on their experiences of visiting jobcentres.For years, DNS has been reporting on the alleged failure of DWP jobcentres to safeguard disabled people left in vulnerable situations because of flaws in the benefits system.Many of these failings have led to the deaths of benefit claimants and have subsequently been reported on in secret DWP peer reviews (now renamed internal process reviews).The deaths of disabled people such as Lawrence Bond, David Clapson and Alan McArdle – and many others – have been linked to alleged failings of policy or practice within jobcentres.DNS therefore submitted a freedom of information request to DWP in May, asking to see any of the reports written by community partners working in London Jobcentre Plus districts in 2017 and 2018, in case any of them included concerns raised by Community Partners about such failings.Such requests are supposed to be answered within 20 working days, but there has so far been no written response from the department’s freedom of information department.On 5 July, DNS emailed DWP’s freedom of information team to ask why it had failed to respond to the request, and followed that up with another email on 19 July, warning that the failure to respond was a clear breach of the Freedom of Information Act.DNS has since spoken to a civil servant in DWP’s freedom of information team, who promised to try to find out why no response had been sent.She told DNS this week that she had repeatedly attempted to secure a response from the jobcentre operations team and had warned them that they had breached their legal duties under the act.She said she did not know why they had failed to respond to the request.She told DNS: “I chased it again this morning and I don’t know why it has taken so long. I have reminded them of their duty to reply in time and that is where I am with it.“You have every right to go to the Information Commissioner’s Office [to lodge a complaint].“I have tried. I don’t know why they are digging their heels. I am sorry.”A DWP spokeswoman refused to explain the reason for the repeated breach of the Freedom of Information Act.But she said in a statement: “Any issues relating to FOI requests can be dealt with by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.“If you are unhappy with the handling of an FOI request please contact the Information Commissioner’s Office.“The latest statistics show that DWP answered 95 per cent of FOI requests within 20 working days, exceeding the information commissioner’s compliance threshold of 90 per cent. “As you know, DWP spokesperson statements must come from the DWP press office, and we regularly provide you with statements, as we are doing so in this instance.“Please can you therefore use the above wording in your story instead of quoting from phone calls with DWP employees.”
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