Go to Content Go to Navigation Go to Navigation Go to Site Search Homepage

Bipartisan Bill to Permanently Repeal the Harmful Global Gag Rule Carries Record Number of Original Co-sponsors

[June 12, 2015] — Urging Congress to permanently repeal the global “gag rule” that blocks women from even getting information about abortion, Planned Parenthood today applauded the introduction of the Global Democracy Promotion Act (GDPA) by women’s health champion Nita Lowey, with a record number of original co-sponsors. The bipartisan bill coincides with renewed efforts by women's health opponents to reinstate the global gag rule and include other harmful provisions in the House FY16 State, Foreign-Operations funding bill.
 

“Many countries are stepping up to better address women’s needs by investing in health programs and advancing policies that expand access to critical lifesaving services,” said Cecile Richards, president, Planned Parenthood Action Fund. “Putting the gag rule back in place would seriously impede countries’ efforts to improve women’s health. The U.S. should build on, not stand in the way of, progress at home and abroad.”
 

You can watch a white board video with Cecile Richards explaining the history and impact of the global gag rule here.
 

The GDPA would benefit women and families around the world by preventing politics from interfering with women’s health. The proposed law would block a future president from reinstating the harmful global gag rule, which prohibits foreign organizations receiving U.S. international family planning funds from providing information, referrals, or services for legal abortion or for advocating for the legalization of abortion in their own country — even if these activities are supported with their own, non-U.S. funding. When in place, the gag rule interferes with the doctor-patient relationship, limits free speech, and impedes women’s access to health services. The global gag rule is not currently in effect, but every year congressional opponents of women’s health make numerous attempts to reinstate it.
 

Planned Parenthood Action Fund this week also called on Congress to reject the harmful anti-women’s health measures included in the House FY16 State, Foreign-Operations funding bill. In addition to reinstating the global gag rule, the bill contains multiple harmful provisions that undermine access to family planning and reproductive health information and services for women around the world, including a harsh $149 million cut to lifesaving international family planning programs and a ban on funding for UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund.

Planned Parenthood cares about your data privacy. We and our third-party vendors use cookies and other tools to collect, store, monitor, and analyze information about your interaction with our site to improve performance, analyze your use of our sites and assist in our marketing efforts. You may opt out of the use of these cookies and other tools at any time by visiting Cookie Settings. By clicking “Allow All Cookies” you consent to our collection and use of such data, and our Terms of Use. For more information, see our Privacy Notice.

Cookie Settings

Planned Parenthood cares about your data privacy. We and our third-party vendors, use cookies, pixels, and other tracking technologies to collect, store, monitor, and process certain information about you when you access and use our services, read our emails, or otherwise engage with us. The information collected might relate to you, your preferences, or your device. We use that information to make the site work, analyze performance and traffic on our website, to provide a more personalized web experience, and assist in our marketing efforts. We also share information with our social media, advertising, and analytics partners. You can change your default settings according to your preference. You cannot opt-out of our Necessary Cookies as they are deployed to ensure the proper functioning of our website (such as prompting the cookie banner and remembering your settings, to log into your account, to redirect you when you log out, etc.). For more information, please see our Privacy Notice.

Marketing

On

We use online advertising to promote our mission and help constituents find our services. Marketing pixels help us measure the success of our campaigns.

Performance

On

We use qualitative data, including session replay, to learn about your user experience and improve our products and services.

Analytics

On

We use web analytics to help us understand user engagement with our website, trends, and overall reach of our products.