Global Gag Rule
bans overseas groups from U.S. funding if they provide or mention abortion; the administration made the rule more restrictive
Why It Matters
Almost immediately after taking office, President Trump reinstated and expanded the global gag rule, which severely restricts access to abortion abroad.
The global gag rule is now more restrictive and dangerous than any previous version. It bans overseas groups from receiving U.S. health funding if they refer, provide, or even mention abortion or abortion-related services.
The women most affected live in the poorest and hardest-to-reach communities around the world — including in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean.
“We recently ran out of contraceptive stocks. As a result, young women are already coming in with unplanned pregnancies and complications from unsafe abortions.”
Global Gag Rule Denies Lifesaving Health Care
Women globally have the right to bodily autonomy and comprehensive health care. But the global gag rule denies lifesaving health care to women in developing countries — putting their lives at stake.
The global gag rule makes things even harder for the more than 200 million women around the globe who have an unmet need for family planning services. The World Health Organization estimates that 25 million unsafe abortions take place worldwide each year — that means women need more access to safe abortion care, not less.
Evidence has shown that the global gag rule leads to increases in unsafe abortion, as well as unintended pregnancies, women dying from pregnancy-related complications, and infant and child deaths.Bustle
What makes the global gag rule even worse: The administration's move to block all U.S. funding to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) undermines its ability to promote reproductive health and respond to humanitarian crises.Devex
The global gag rule hurts local communities. For example, one health center in Mozambique, Africa, will lose 60 percent of its funding, leaving an estimated 500,000 people without access to sexual and reproductive health care.International Planned Parenthood Federation
The global gag rule was expanded to apply to every international organization that receives U.S. global health funding, including services for maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS, Zika, Ebola and other infectious diseases.CNN
The global gag rule curtails free speech, creates confusion, and triggers fear among essential aid organizations and reproductive health care providers that receive U.S. funding.Rewire News