The Global Gag Rule

The Global Gag Rule is a U.S. policy that has undermined women's reproductive health for 30 years. The policy denies foreign organizations U.S. family planning funding if they use their own non-U.S. funds to provide abortion information, referrals or services, or advocate for the legalization of abortion in their countries. It was first introduced by the Reagan administration in 1984, repealed by President Clinton, reinstated by President George W. Bush, and repealed again by President Obama. It will likely be back again the next time a Republican is elected president.

The Gag Rule, an outgrowth of the anti-choice movement, was intended as an abortion restriction, but the effects of the policy were much more widespread. Many family planning and reproductive health clinics were forced to close due to lack of funding, and women were unable to access contraceptives. This meant they weren't able to prevent unintended pregnancies.

PAI has fought this policy since its inception, and we continue to call for a permanent end to the Global Gag Rule. This interactive and engaging story will take you through 30 years of the policy’s history, and allow you to hear firsthand from people who documented its effects and lived through its impact.