Upon taking office in January 2017, President Trump reinstated the global gag rule first established by President Reagan in 1984; also known as the Mexico City policy, the rule blocks US funds from foreign organizations that provide abortion services, referrals, or information or that advocate for abortion access in their own countries. Trump also expanded the policy to encompass more global health assistance programs (like those addressing HIV, maternal and child health, and malaria) and, most recently, by preventing foreign groups that financially support other organizations that provide or promote abortions from receiving funds.
The Global Health, Empowerment and Rights (HER) Act (HR 1055/S 368) – reintroduced on February 7 by Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY) and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) – would 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. Urge your lawmakers to safeguard the health, well-being, and economic security of millions around the world by supporting the Global HER Act.