Talkin’ About a Revolution: The Real Impact of Global Gag Rule

The Global Gag Rule or The Mexico City Policy first took effect under Ronald Reagan in 1985 and stated the following:
“[T]he United States does not consider abortion an acceptable element of family planning programs and will no longer contribute to those of which it is a part. …[T]he United States will no longer contribute to separate nongovernmental organizations which perform or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning in other nations.”
The Mexico City Policy expanded existing restrictions that prohibited U.S. funding for abortion internationally. However, before the policy was reinstated under President Trump as the Global Gag Rule, foreign NGOs could use non-U.S. funds for voluntary abortions and abortion counseling. However, “The Trump administration’s presidential memorandum states that the policy will apply to all U.S. global health assistance (to the extent allowable by law), including but not limited to family planning assistance, and extends prior policy to include all agencies and departments. Currently, the agencies and departments that receive direct appropriations for global health include:
  • USAID, the Department of State, including the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator, which oversees and coordinates U.S. global HIV funding under the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)
  • Two operating divisions of the Department of Health and Human Services: the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH); and the Department of Defense (DOD).”
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