The Global Gag Rule just got worse. Today, the Trump Administration expanded the Gag Rule, prohibiting foreign organizations that receive US Government aid from supporting other groups that provide or promote abortion care. This new overreach even prevents organizations from using their own money - or resources from pro-choice donors - to fund other groups that support abortion.
In response to the Trump Administration's latest attack today against women's reproductive health and choice, Marjorie Newman-Williams, President of MSI United States, said:
"MSI condemns in the strongest possible terms the Trump Administration’s decision to expand the Global Gag Rule. We proudly support women’s access to safe abortion and contraception, no matter where in the world they live.
Over the past two years, we have seen Trump’s Global Gag Rule directly harm vulnerable women and girls around the world by threatening their access to contraception and other vital healthcare. It is shameful and dangerous that even more vulnerable women and girls in need of essential family planning services are now at risk of losing services, due to this misguided policy.”
One of President Trump's first acts when he took office in 2017 was to reinstate the Global Gag Rule — a regulation that cuts off US Government funding for all international health organizations providing information and services related to abortion. The US Government is the world's largest funder of global family planning efforts, and so it sets the tone on women's reproductive health globally.
There is a silver lining: The Trump Administration's attacks on reproductive choice have sparked a powerful movement around the world to support women's choice and rights. Now, we're mobilizing these advocates to fight for change.