On January 23rd, the second anniversary of President Trump’s executive order that not only brought back but greatly expanded the reach of the harmful policy known as the global gag rule, Planned Parenthood Global launched a new report entitled “Assessing the Global Gag Rule: Harms to Health, Communities, and Advocacy.”
Global Gag Rule 101
Based on interviews with 22 experts from seven countries, this new report documents the real impact of the global gag rule on the people and organizations most affected by the policy. It builds on the growing body of evidence collected by a range of health, human rights and development organizations and identifies three alarming themes among experts on the ground that the global gag rule:
Disrupts the delivery of health services in areas of the world that are most in need
Rolls back progress made in countries that have fought to advance access to health care and human rights
Weakens national coalitions by breaking up long-standing partnerships and making it harder for groups to collaborate
These effects have dangerous consequences and are rolling back hard fought for global progress. The global gag rule creates fear and confusion, silences advocates, and blocks health care providers from providing lifesaving services and information.
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