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70 MILLION fewer condoms were distributed due to the Global Gag Rule. - International Planned Parenthood Federation
20,000 Maternal Deaths - International Planned Parenthood Federation
The Global Gag Rule BLOCKED access to gender-based violence services for survivors. - Sonke Gender Justice
The Global Gag Rule REDUCEDhealth services for people living in rural areas. - INSPC & Columbia University
WHAT IS THE GLOBAL GAG RULE?
The U.S. has long been a leader in supporting medical care and access to contraception for women and girls around the world. President Donald Trump put our leadership at risk when he issued a presidential memorandum that reinstated and dramatically expanded a policy that cuts almost all U.S. global health funding to providers, clinics, and other health organizations abroad if they provide any visitor with information about abortion. The policy dictates how organizations can spend their own money, and, because it limits free speech, it is commonly called the global gag rule.
Under the global gag rule, other countries’ health organizations must provide services based on U.S. politics and not on standards of medical care. Research shows when the global gag rule is in effect, the number of abortions increase and women and girls suffer.
While President Biden has rescinded the global gag rule, without permanently repealing the policy, future presidents can reinstate the policy, interrupting health services and raising the rates of maternal death. It is time to permanently end gag now and support women, girls, and their families around the world.