Raising Women’s Voices

Move made to eliminate the Global Gag Rule from the books

Posted in Reproductive Health Care by raisingwomensvoices on July 10, 2009

The “global gag rule” otherwise known as the Mexico City Policy was a rule first instated by President Ronald Regan in the 1980s that restricted federal funds given to non-governmental organizations that were somehow tied to abortion care. This meant that any organization that offered abortions, information on abortions, or referrals for abortions in any country (regardless of the legality of abortion in that country) could not receive federal USAID funding. It was kept by President George HW Bush, rescinded by President Clinton, reinstated by President George W Bush, and rescinded for a second time by President Barack Obama. So since obviously this little rule doesn’t go away for very long, members of the US Senate moved yesterday to permanently remove it from appropriations bills by stating that no organization should be barred from receiving funding because they provide legal, medically appropriate care. This is excellent news, and very well might happen! Take a look at the article from RH Reality Check.

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