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.
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.Vox
The new 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.Planned Parenthood Action
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.CNN
An estimated 25 million unsafe abortions take place worldwide each year, almost all in developing countries.
World Health Organization
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.
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
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.Elite Daily