Ipas is working to document the terrible harm to women’s health and lives inflicted by the Global Gag Rule, which is already making it harder for women and girls around the world to exercise their right to safe, legal abortion care.

The Global Gag Rule is a U.S. policy that restricts foreign nongovernmental organizations that receive U.S. global health funds from engaging in abortion-related work—even if they are using their own funds. They are "gagged" from providing not only abortion services, but abortion counseling, referrals, medical advice, training and lobbying for the liberalization of abortion laws. This policy has been expanded under President Trump, and directs U.S. government agencies to apply an unprecedented global anti-abortion policy.

Former Ipas Africa Alliance Director Liza Muringo Kimbo explains the harmful impact of the rule in this news video.

Trump’s expanded Global Gag Rule is disastrous for the world’s most vulnerable women. Funding for organizations that serve women who need abortion care will be crippled, and more women will die from unsafe abortion.
PATTY SKUSTER, IPAS SENIOR LEGAL ADVISOR

More about the Global Gag Rule and its impact on women’s health

Trump’s Global Gag Rule. Causing harm to women worldwide (an in-depth look at the policy from PAI)

The Trump gag rule hits India (news report citing Ipas Development Foundation Director Vinoj Manning)

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