The global gag rule denies lifesaving health care to women in developing countries

Almost immediately after taking office, President Trump reinstated and expanded the global gag rule. The new rule, which is more restrictive and dangerous than any previous version, 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.

An estimated 25 million unsafe abortions take place worldwide each year, almost all in developing countries.

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Women globally have the right to bodily autonomy and comprehensive health care

People’s lives are at stake, and 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.

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We recently ran out of contraceptive stocks. As a result, young women are already coming in with unplanned pregnancies and complications from unsafe abortions.


Health center nurse, on the effects a year after Trump signed the global gag rule, Kibera, Kenya