The global gag rule, recently reinstated by the Trump Administration, is an unjust policy that disrupts the provision of reproductive health services abroad by blocking U.S. global health assistance to all foreign nongovernmental organizations that use their own funding to engage in abortion-related services or advocacy. The Global Health, Empowerment and Rights (HER) Act is a necessary bill that that would reverse and prohibit the Global Gag Rule and prevent any future president from reinstating the rule.
The global gag rule is incredibly harmful for hundreds of NGOs and for thousands of people who rely on their services. Studies have shown that those most affected by the global gag rule are those already most vulnerable in society including adolescent girls, young women, and men who have sex with men, who are more reliant on outreach services and integrated care models. The global gag rule results in increased unintended and high-risk pregnancies, unsafe abortions and maternal deaths, and harms efforts to combat HIV and other sexually-transmitted infections (STIs).The global gag rule puts life-saving health services, particularly sexual and reproductive health services, out of reach for people and communities who already have limited access to affordable, high quality health care.
During this period where access to adequate health care is paramount, the global gag rule puts more lives at risk. By filling out this form you can ask your representatives to vote for the Global HER Act to stop the global gag rule and prevent any future president from reinstating it.