Restoring choice after the Global Gag Rule
In January 2021, President Biden repealed the Global Gag Rule – former President Trump’s executive order that blocked us from US Government funding if we provided or discussed legal abortion care, even with our own resources. The Global Gag Rule went against our core principles, and by refusing to sign it MSI relinquished $30 million in funding each year.
We know that providing women with contraception and safe abortion gives them control over their own bodies and destinies and saves their lives. It will take time to repair the damage done by four years of the Global Gag Rule, but we’re ready to roll up our sleeves and get to work.
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The Global Gag Rule contributed to 5.2 million women being denied access to MSI's services and care during Trump's term.
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.
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.
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.