This page contains a sampling of key statements, resources, and news stories on the 2017 reinstatement of the Mexico City policy (also known as the "Global Gag Rule") and is not intended to serve as a comprehensive resource.
The Global Gag Rule prohibits foreign non-governmental organizations from receiving any U.S. foreign assistance for family planning if they provide information, referrals, or services for legal abortion or lobby for abortion. U.S. law already prohibits the use of U.S. foreign assistance to pay for abortion information and services as a method of family planning. Therefore, organizations that provide abortion information or services do so with non-U.S. government funding. The enactment of the Global Gag Rule means organizations that provide abortion information or services or lobby for abortion cannot receive any U.S. foreign assistance, even for their non-abortion work, including providing voluntary family planning services and reproductive health care.
A Community United in the Face of Uncertainty
By Beth Schlachter, Executive Director, FP2020
Less than three months into 2017, political transitions at the global and country levels signal changes to the international development framework that will, at best, prove challenging to the global health community, including family planning, and sexual and reproductive health and rights writ large. The U.S. government’s recent reinstatement of the Mexico City Policy (also known as the Global Gag Rule), which looks to be significantly broader than anything we have seen before, is the latest of such changes, but we can anticipate it won’t be the last.
We’re honored that the FP2020 partnership has become a convening point for the movement as implementing partners, civil society actors, international organizations, governments, and donors have turned to this platform to share ideas, concerns, and strategies for moving forward in the new landscape. Read more.
Washington, D.C. — January 23, 2017: “The United Nations Foundation does not support the Global Gag Rule, which jeopardizes the health and well-being of the world’s most vulnerable girls and women.
“This action will do more than change policy; it will make it more difficult for millions of girls and women to access the contraception and health care they need to determine their futures. When the policy was last enacted, health care clinics in many countries were forced to close and outreach services for the hardest to reach populations were eliminated, leaving many of the world’s poorest people without access to critical services, such as maternal and child health care, HIV testing and counseling, and contraceptives, including condoms. Without these life-saving services, more women and infants died due to pregnancy-related complications. In some countries, the Global Gag Rule led to increases in abortions as women had more unintended pregnancies. Read more.