Do You Really Know the Global Gag Rule?
On January 28, 2021, in one of his first actions as president, Joe Biden rescinded the Global Gag Rule — a policy that risks people’s health and lives by forcing non-U.S. nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to choose between receiving U.S. global health assistance and providing comprehensive sexual and reproductive health care. While the Global Gag Rule was in effect under the Trump-Pence administration, NGOs that complied with this policy were required to not 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.
For decades, PAI has documented the impact of the Global Gag Rule in our research series Access Denied and works with in-country partners as well as champions on Capitol Hill to mitigate its harmful effects. Here, we address common questions and persistent misconceptions about the Global Gag Rule.