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What is the Global Gag Rule?

Understanding the Policy

The Global Gag Rule is a policy that risks women’s health and lives by forcing foreign nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to choose between receiving U.S. global health assistance and providing comprehensive sexual and reproductive health care. In order to comply with the Global Gag Rule, 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.

Understanding the Impact

The Global Gag Rule has devastating effects on GlobalHealth. In Uganda, it has forced a trusted provider to end a contraceptive program to 6,000 youth. Noncompliance with the expanded Global Gag Rule comes at a steep cost to organizations and the communities in which they operate, with critical services being lost or scaled back. Trump’s expanded policy not only undermines the effectiveness and efficiency of U.S. investments in global health, but it has the potential to roll back progress made in improving health outcomes for women, girls and communities in Uganda.

Are you affected by this policy?

President Trump’s expanded Global Gag Rule targets women’s reproductive rights by blocking global health assistance to foreign organizations who use their own, non-U.S. funds to provide information, referrals, or services for legal abortion or to advocate for access to abortion services in their own countries.