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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 It was rescinded in 1993 by President Clinton, reinstated in 2001 by President George W. Bush, and once again rescinded by President Obama in 2009.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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What’s the Difference Between the Helms Amendment and the Global Gag Rule?

July 31, 2014

Have you ever heard of the Helms Amendment? How about the Global Gag Rule? They’re both harmful U.S. policies that prevent women from getting the reproductive care they need. But how are they different? The Helms Amendment restricts funding for … Continue reading »

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House Bill Still a Family Planning Fixer-Upper, But One Important Repair Made for Peace Corps Volunteers

June 24, 2014

  Earlier this afternoon, the House Appropriations Committee approved an FY 2015 State Department and Foreign Operations appropriations bill that funds the international affairs budget, including funding for international family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) programs. The bill was adopted … Continue reading »

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Global Gag Rule Media Kit

June 18, 2014

The Global Gag Rule is a 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 Clinton, … Continue reading »

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30 Years of the Global Gag Rule

June 17, 2014

The Global Gag Rule is a 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 Clinton, reinstated … Continue reading »

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30 Years is Enough: End the Global Gag Rule

June 15, 2014

The Global Gag Rule holds women in developing countries hostage in the never ending ping pong game of U.S. partisan politics. First imposed by President Ronald Reagan in 1984, the policy withheld family planning funding from any foreign organization that … Continue reading »

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Global Gag Rule Timeline

April 30, 2014

The Global Gag Rule (GGR) was a 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 Clinton, … Continue reading »

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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 »