New study finds the impact of US "global gag rule" cuts access to crucial health care services
A new report from the International Women's Health Coalition on the Trump administration's "global gag rule" shows that the impact of the policy is affecting access to crucial health services, primarily for marginalized women and girls. The global gag rule, otherwise known as the Mexico City policy, prohibits any foreign NGO that receives US global health assistance from providing abortion-related services, including education and counseling services.
The report, released June 5, 2019 at the Women Deliver conference, found that the imposition of the rule two years ago had an immediate chilling effect on foreign health organizations, which have had to choose between providing services or receiving US global health funding. The study confirms that the global gag rule has had highly damaging ramifications, hindering access not only to abortion services, but also to health services that address crucial issues such as malnutrition, maternal health, and gender-based violence.