On January 28, 2021, President Biden took executive action to rescind the Global Gag Rule, a harmful policy that blocks US funds from foreign organizations that provide abortion services, referrals, or information or that advocate for abortion access in their own countries. Also known as the Mexico City policy, this rule had been reinstated and expanded to an unprecedented extent by President Trump, encompassing government contractors and more global health assistance programs (like those addressing HIV, maternal and child health, and malaria) and preventing foreign groups that financially support other organizations that provide or promote abortions from receiving funds.
As such, the Biden administration’s revocation of the Global Gag Rule is only the first step in stopping the harm that it has caused, rebuilding effective partnerships, and restoring access to critical health care around the world. That is why Reps. Representatives Barbara Lee (D-CA-13), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), and Ami Bera (D-CA) and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) reintroduced the Global Health, Rights, and Empowerment (HER) Act that same day to permanently end the Global Gag Rule.
Access to reproductive health care allows people to more fully participate in their societies, improves child and maternal mortality, and empowers individuals to make decisions about their futures. Permanently repealing the global gag rule by supporting the Global HER Act will ensure that the US can build sustainable partnerships and make long term progress on a range of critical health issues. Urge your lawmakers to safeguard the health, well-being, and economic security of millions around the world by supporting the Global HER Act.
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