Advocacy

It's Time to End the Threat of the Global Gag Rule

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For the past 30 years, the rights and welfare of women in the developing world have been dependent on who is sitting in the White House. But now, that can change.

The Global Gag Rule, when it is in effect, disqualifies some of the most effective and experienced family planning providers in the world from receiving U.S. assistance. Even though President Obama lifted the policy in his first week in office, the threat that a future president could reinstate it just as quickly is itself undermining family planning efforts in the developing world.

The Global Democracy Promotion Act (S. 119/ H.R. 2738) would end this cruel uncertainty by barring a future administration from unilaterally imposing the Global Gag Rule. Passage of this legislation is critical to ensure the stability of family planning programs. All members of Congress must do whatever they can to support this important bill.

The Global Gag Rule is a matter of life and death for women around the world. Lack of access to family planning information and services puts the lives and health of women at risk for no defensible reason. Millions of these women experience unintended pregnancies, and tens of thousands of them die from complications from pregnancies every year, including by unsafe abortion.

It is vital to ensure that women have access to the tools and information they need to protect their health and exercise their rights. Please urge your members of Congress to support efforts to pass the language of the Global Democracy Promotion Act this year. Doing so will help ensure that women worldwide have access to the full range of family planning information and services they need.


 

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