Do You Really Know the Global Gag Rule?
On January 23, 2017, in one of his first actions as President, Donald Trump reinstated and expanded the Global Gag Rule—a policy that risks women’s health and lives by forcing foreign NGOs to choose between receiving U.S. global health assistance and providing comprehensive sexual and reproductive health care. Providers must agree not to provide information, referrals or services for legal abortion or to advocate for the legalization of abortion in their country with their own non-U.S. funds. On March 2, the Trump-Pence administration issued guidance for family planning assistance only. Provisions for the rest of global health assistance are still pending.
PAI has documented the impact of the Global Gag Rule (also known as the Mexico City Policy) in developing countries and works with in-country partners and champions on Capitol Hill to mitigate its harmful effects. This advocacy guide addresses common questions and persistent misconceptions about the Global Gag Rule.