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Global Gag Rule

bans overseas groups from U.S. funding if they provide or mention abortion; the administration made the rule more restrictive

Tell Congress: Support women’s health worldwide. End the global gag rule!

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.

Key Players

Donald Trump

President of the United States

Elected to Office: 11-8-2016
Mike Pence

Vice President of the United States

Elected to Office: 11-8-2016
Mike Pompeo

Secretary of State

Nominated by Trump: 3-13-2018
Nikki Haley

Former Ambassador to the United Nations

Resigned: 10-9-2018
Bethany Kozma

Senior Advisor to the Office of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (USAID)

Appointed by Trump: 6-29-2017
Andrew Bremberg

Nominee for U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva

Nominated by Trump: Sept. 28, 2018

“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.


Back Alley Abortions, Pregnancy Complications

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.

Funding Blocked for UNFPA—World’s Top Birth Control Provider

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.

Putting 500K Mozambicans at Risk

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
Hurting Maternal Health, AIDS, Zika Programs

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.

Censoring, Scaring Aid Workers

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.

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