Ipas is working to document the terrible harm to women’s health and lives inflicted by the Global Gag Rule, which is already making it harder for women and girls around the world to exercise their right to safe, legal abortion care.
The Global Gag Rule is a U.S. policy that restricts foreign nongovernmental organizations that receive U.S. global health funds from engaging in abortion-related work—even if they are using their own funds. They are "gagged" from providing not only abortion services, but abortion counseling, referrals, medical advice, training and lobbying for the liberalization of abortion laws. This policy has been expanded under President Trump, and directs U.S. government agencies to apply an unprecedented global anti-abortion policy.
Trump’s expanded Global Gag Rule is disastrous for the world’s most vulnerable women. Funding for organizations that serve women who need abortion care will be crippled, and more women will die from unsafe abortion.PATTY SKUSTER, IPAS SENIOR LEGAL ADVISOR
The evidence has shown for years that restricting abortion does not prevent abortion—it simply pushes women to illegal and unsafe abortions. An important new study published in The Lancet Global Health further confirms those findings. The study says the Global Gag Rule, a U.S. policy that restricts foreign nongovernmental organizations that receive U.S. funding from engaging in abortion-related work, in fact increases abortion prevalence in the sub-Saharan African countries most affected by the policy.
Read the studyThis brings new attention to the harm of legal and policy restrictions on abortion. Through the Helms amendment and the Global Gag Rule, the U.S. government is preventing poor people in developing countries from getting the health care they need, which leads to higher rates of unwanted pregnancy and unsafe abortion.”Patty Skuster, Ipas senior legal advisor