A World Without Choice:
The Global Gag Rule
In January 2017, President Trump reinstated the Global Gag Rule – an executive order that blocks us from US Government funding if we provide or discuss legal abortion care, even with our own resources. The Global Gag Rule goes against our core principles, and we could never agree to its conditions.
We know that providing women with contraception and safe abortion gives them control over their own bodies and destinies, and saves their lives. But this harmful policy is cutting off women’s access to family planning worldwide - stripping them of their individual choice and agency, and putting their lives and futures at risk.
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Under the Global Gag Rule, 1.7 million women globally will go without access to Marie Stopes International services and care by 2020.
Donors worldwide responded generously in 2017 when the Global Gag Rule was reinstated, and we secured short-term replacement funding for many at-risk programs.
But we still face a financial gap of nearly
in the remaining years of the Trump Administration.
In Cambodia, a US Government-funded program brought family planning education into garment factories so that workers like Si Yim could earn a living without fear of an unplanned pregnancy. Now that the program has closed, thousands of women like Si will have to look for contraception elsewhere.
Outreach teams travel to remote locations in Uganda, providing family planning services to women like Mudua in communities where other reproductive care options are scarce. Five outreach teams have already closed due to lack of funding, and another 22 are at risk.
Alima, Burkina Faso
Several Marie Stopes Ladies like Alima, local midwives who deliver services in their communities, are at risk of losing their jobs because of the Global Gag Rule. The clients who rely on their care will have to find another way to access contraception, maternal health care and cervical cancer screenings.
Learn more about the policy and its impact on women worldwide below.
Maries Stopes International Resources
- Population Action International's Global Gag Rule Microsite
- Guttmacher report: The Benefits of Investing in International Family Planning—and the Price of Slashing Funding
- PBS NewsHour: Impact of ‘global gag rule’ goes beyond abortion for these health groups in Kenya
- NPR: U.S. Slashes Funds For Family Planning In Madagascar
- CNN: Where the Mexico City Policy matters the most
- Foreign Policy: The Global Gag Rule: America's Deadly Export
- Inside Philanthropy: Plugging the Gap: What Are Funders Doing to Respond to the Global Gag Rule?
- CBC: Trump changes to foreign aid restricting access to family planning services in poorest countries