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Video illustrates the harm of the global gag rule and why it must go — for good

WASHINGTON — Today, Planned Parenthood Global launched a new video that addresses the harm caused by the global gag rule and makes the case for why it must be permanently repealed. Immediately ending the global gag rule is one of the first actions the Biden-Harris administration must do upon taking office, as part of the administration’s effort to re-engage the global community, dismantle white-supremacist, neocolonialist policies, address the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, and ensure that health care providers and patients can speak freely about all reproductive health care options. 

The video was released this morning and is available on YouTube.

Reinstating and radically expanding the global gag rule were some of Trump’s first actions in office. Since 2017, the policy has prohibited foreign non-governmental organizations from receiving U.S. global health assistance if they provide information, referrals, or services for legal abortion or advocate for the legalization of abortion in their country — even if these activities are supported solely with non-U.S. funds. Because of the global gag rule, marginalized communities — including women and girls, young people, and LGBTQ+ people — have experienced the most devastating constraints on services. They are also disproportionately harmed by the pandemic

The Global Health, Empowerment, and Rights (HER) Act would permanently repeal the global gag rule. Passage of the Global HER Act is urgently needed to ensure that qualified foreign non-governmental organizations can partner with the U.S. to transform health care access abroad without fear that the policy will be reimposed by a future president. The Global HER Act is endorsed by over 100 diverse organizations.

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For 50 years, Planned Parenthood Global has supported access to sexual and reproductive health care and advocated for reproductive rights around the world. In partnership with 96 organizations across 9 focus countries in Africa and Latin America, we advance the health and rights of young people, women and families, with an emphasis on the most vulnerable and underserved. Last year, our partners provided over 1.8 million people with sexual and reproductive health information and services. Our unique sustainability model sets us apart, as we empower partners to stand on their own. We help grassroots organizations develop solid reproductive health programs, identify other sources of funding, build their communications and advocacy skills, and develop strategic plans. Planned Parenthood Global is the international arm of Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

Planned Parenthood is the nation’s leading provider and advocate of high-quality, affordable health care for women, men, and young people, as well as the nation’s largest provider of sex education. With more than 600 health centers across the country, Planned Parenthood organizations serve all patients with care and compassion, with respect and without judgment. Through health centers, programs in schools and communities, and online resources, Planned Parenthood is a trusted source of reliable health information that allows people to make informed health decisions. We do all this because we care passionately about helping people lead healthier lives.