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The Global Gag Rule is a previous U.S. policy that harmed women’s health and ran counter to our broader U.S. foreign policy goals. The Gag Rule was first imposed by the Reagan administration at the 1984 United Nations International Conference on Population in Mexico City. It was rescinded in 1993 by President Clinton, reinstated in 2001 by President George W. Bush, and once again rescinded by President Obama in 2009.

The Gag rule denied foreign organizations receiving U.S. family planning assistance the right to use their own non-U.S. funds to provide information, referrals or services for legal abortion or advocate for the legalization abortion in their country.  Family planning providers that declined U.S. funding while the Gag Rule was in place were forced to close clinics and cut services, and some of these organiza¬tions have yet to resume services with U.S. government assistance, due to fears that their funding will once again be cut off under a future administration.

The Gag Rule hurts women by allowing critical programs to be held hostage to the ping-pong game of U.S. partisan politics. A majority of Americans from across the ideological spectrum support the current Administration’s policy that does not impose such ideological restrictions on women’s health centers. PAI advocates for a permanent legislative repeal of the Gag Rule.

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Gag Me: From Texas to Tanzania, U.S. Politicians are Meddling in Women’s Health

July 18, 2013

This post was originally published on RH Reality Check. Today, Texas Governor Rick Perry signed a sweeping anti-choice bill that threatens to shutter 90 percent of abortion clinics in the state. The bill, in addition to banning abortion after 20 … Continue reading »

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Stop Gagging Women’s Health!

July 16, 2013

The Global Gag Rule (GGR) was a previous U.S. health policy that prohibited funding to foreign aid organizations that provided abortion services. The Gag Rule was first imposed by the Reagan administration in 1984. It was rescinded in 1993 by President … Continue reading »

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Senate Defends Family Planning

May 31, 2012

Just before Memorial Day, the House and Senate Appropriations Committee approved diametrically opposed versions of a foreign assistance spending bill when it comes to the international family planning and reproductive health programs of the U.S. government. The House committee-approved bill … Continue reading »

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Global War On Women Starts Again

May 17, 2012

Earlier this afternoon, the Republican-controlled House Appropriations Committee voted to perpetuate the global war on women, approving a bill that includes dangerous cuts to international family planning, reimposes the Global Gag Rule, and bans funding to the United Nations Population … Continue reading »

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Being Pro-Choice is About Much More Than Just the Right to Abortion Care

January 20, 2012

Originally published on RH Reality Check With the anniversary of Roe v. Wade on Jan. 22, the words “pro-choice” seem to be everywhere. You’ll hear them in impassioned speeches, and see them on colorful posters, on blogs and in tweets.  And when you … Continue reading »

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Omnibus Spares International Family Planning from Cuts and Riders

December 19, 2011

President Obama is expected to sign by the end of this week a $915 billion “megabus” spending package for fiscal year 2012 (H.R. 2055), encompassing nine appropriations bills, including State Department and foreign operations which funds international family planning and … Continue reading »

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Senate Victory Sets Up Showdown with House over Family Planning

September 21, 2011

The Senate Appropriations Committee today launched a counter-offensive against the House Republicans’ global war on women.  Family planning champions, led by Subcommittee Chair Patrick Leahy (D-VT),  adopted a Lautenberg amendment to legislatively block a re-imposition of the anti-family planning Global Gag … Continue reading »

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GOP Escalates Global War on Women

July 27, 2011

A Republican-led subcommittee opened a new front in the global war on women by adopting a spending bill that cuts funding for contraceptive services overseas by 25 percent, legislatively codifies the harmful Global Gag Rule restrictions, and prohibits a U.S. contribution to … Continue reading »

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Final Spending Bill Cuts Funding for Women’s Health in Developing Countries

April 12, 2011

The spending bill (H.R. 1473) that will fund the federal government for the remainder of fiscal year 2011 was introduced in Congress today. The bill contains disappointing cuts to international family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) programs, but does not impose … Continue reading »

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The Global Gag Rule: Life Sentence for the World’s Poorest Women

April 5, 2011

Originally posted on RH Reality Check A young woman tentatively walks through the door of a health clinic in rural Ethiopia. She’s terrified. She can barely say the word: pregnant. She doesn’t want a baby. She doesn’t know what to … Continue reading »