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We are excited to join the conversation on #WCD2018

With today’s opening, we officially transitioned from 72nd to 73rd session of #UNGA. I’m so excited for the year ahead!

UNC Gillings alumna @TraciLBaird named CEO of EngenderHealth. Read full coverage here: https://t.co/l3oFl7PtBO @UNCpublichealth #SRHR

Until #familyplanning is a universally available choice in all settings, this human right will not be fully realized.

At #UNGA, @UNFPA and partners are calling for the fulfillment of this unrealized right: https://t.co/pjB2z7Ilwr

#StandUp4HumanRights

We love the pill & all other forms of contraception: allowing millions to plan & space pregnancies. How empowering is that?! #WheresTheFP

For World Contraception Day 2018 the Family Planning Voices team share stories that touch our hearts @EngenderHealth strives to put women & girls at the center of the development agenda. Read here: https://t.co/EpQhWKqiEq #FPVoices #SRHR #WCD2018 @K4Health

The issue of #familyplanning is about women’s agency.

Even if a service is available in the community, it’s not effective if women cannot access it. #EWECisME @WorldBank

Are you optimistic about the future? @BillGates and @melindagates are. Read what they have to say and dig into the Goalkeepers Report to learn about the progress we’re making and the generation of leaders making it possible. #Goalkeepers18 https://t.co/7rXvZqPsf6

Expanding access to #contraception & #familyplanning programs is one of the most cost-effective ways to break the cycle of poverty." #FP2020

Domestic public financing leads to increased availability,
equity, access, and use of quality #familyplanning services. Learn more
#HIPs4FP https://t.co/Yx3toYBmvK

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The Global Gag Rule

The “Global Gag Rule,” otherwise known as the Mexico City Policy, requires that any overseas organization receiving U.S. aid not have anything to do with abortion. Doctors, midwives, and nurses could not even mention the word abortion—much less provide abortion services with their own funds—even if it was legal in their country, or if a woman asks. Organizations that did not meet this condition lost all U.S. funding, including essential supplies of contraceptives.

President Ronald Reagan first established the Global Gag Rule in 1984. It was later rescinded by President Bill Clinton, reestablished by President George W. Bush in 2001, and rescinded again by President Barack Obama in 2009. President Donald J. Trump reinstated the Global Gag Rule in 2017.

Impact of the Global Gag Rule
Though the Global Gag Rule was meant to target abortion providers, it had terrible consequences for the health and lives of poor women and their families in ways that had nothing to do with abortion. From 2001 to 2009, 20 developing countries in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East lost U.S.-donated contraceptives, and many organizations and clinics were forced to reduce services, lay off staff, or shut down entirely.

EngenderHealth helped document the impact of the Global Gag Rule in such countries as Nepal (PDF, 888kb), Kenya (PDF, 324kb), and Zambia (PDF, 300kb). In each of these places, the Global Gag Rule affected family planning, HIV services, maternal and child health, and even malaria services. And in no place did the policy reduce abortions. In fact, the irony is that this policy led to more unwanted pregnancies.

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