What’s at Stake for Women: Threat of the Global Gag Rule

What’s at Stake for Women: Threat of the Global Gag Rule
By Kiersten Gillette-Pierce and Jamila Taylor
Posted on January 23, 2017

President Donald Trump is likely to follow the tradition of other Republican anti-choice administrations and reinstate the Mexico City Policy, which bans recipients of U.S. foreign aid from offering abortion-related services, as one of his first executive actions. Better known as the Global Gag Rule and first introduced in 1984 at the U.N. International Conference on Population held in Mexico City, the policy has been a barrier to comprehensive women’s health care on a global scale.1 Made U.S. policy through an executive order issued by President Ronald Reagan, it restricts family planning providers from offering comprehensive health care and, when in place, denies international family planning organizations the right to:

Provide abortion-related information to their patients and clients
Provide referrals to other health care providers who perform safe abortions
Provide legal abortions or legal abortion-related services
Advocate for the legalization of abortion in their country

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Source, American Progress: https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/women/reports/2017/01/23/297060/whats-at-stake-for-women-threat-of-the-global-gag-rule/