The Global Gag Rule contributed to 5.2 million women being denied access to MSI's services and care during Trump's term.

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This led to a projected
6.8 million

additional unintended pregnancies

3.4 million

additional unsafe abortions


additional avoidable maternal deaths

Donors worldwide responded generously in 2017 when the Global Gag Rule was reinstated, and we secured short-term replacement funding for many at-risk programs.

But the Global Gag Rule restricted MSI's ability to grow our programs to reach even more women and adolescent girls.

Case Studies


Si, Cambodia

In Cambodia, a US Government-funded program brought family planning education into garment factories so that workers like Si Yim could earn a living without fear of an unplanned pregnancy. When the program closed, thousands of women like Si had to look for contraception elsewhere.


Mudua, Uganda

Outreach teams travel to remote locations in Uganda, providing family planning services to women like Mudua in communities where other reproductive care options are scarce. Five outreach teams were forced to close due to lack of funding, and another 22 were at risk.


Alima, Burkina Faso

Several Marie Stopes Ladies like Alima, local midwives who deliver services in their communities, risked losing their jobs because of the Global Gag Rule. The clients who rely on their care had to find another way to access contraception, maternal health care and cervical cancer screenings.

Read the stories of women affected by the Global Gag Rule in Zimbabwe and Madagascar. Standing Strong: an interactive journey.

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MSI will always put women and girls at the center of everything we do. Join our fight today against the Global Gag Rule