The Global Gag Rule, also known as the Mexico City Policy, is a dangerous and harmful U.S. policy that undermines women's health and rights and puts thousands of lives at risk every year.
Use your voice now to pass the Global Health, Rights and Empowerment (HER) Act in U.S. Congress now, which would permanently end the Global Gag Rule.
Under the Global Gag Rule, organizations that receive U.S. foreign assistance for global HIV prevention, maternal health services, and family planning must choose between receiving critical U.S. funding for medical services or providing comprehensive sexual and reproductive health care that saves lives. Without permanently repealing the policy under the Biden Administration, future presidents can – and will – reinstate the policy, interrupting health services and raising rates of maternal death.
Speak up for women's health and rights today.
I am emailing today to urge you to co-sponsor and pass the Global Heath, Rights and Empowerment (HER) Act (S. 142), which would permanently repeal the deadly and dangerous Mexico City Policy, by including Global HER in the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs (SFOPS) bill.
The Mexico City Policy, prohibits foreign nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) who receive U.S. global health assistance from providing legal abortion counseling or services. This means that organizations that receive U.S. international aid must choose between receiving critical U.S. funding and providing comprehensive sexual and reproductive health care that saves lives.
The Mexico City Policy results in more unintended pregnancies, higher rates of maternal mortality, and an increase in unsafe abortions. The policy also interrupts critical HIV and AIDS prevention and programming and other health systems meant to strengthen water, sanitation, and hygiene.
While President Biden has rescinded the Mexico City Policy, without permanently repealing the policy, future presidents can and will reinstate it, interrupting health services and raising rates of maternal deaths. The Global HER Act (S. 142) would permanently end the Mexico City Policy.
Please include Global HER in the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs (SFOPS) bill and repeal the dangerous and deadly Mexico City Policy for good.