Wed. 5/23: The “Gag Rule” comes home. Now American women will die for someone else’s beliefs.

“The First Thing A Principle Does Is Kill Somebody”

– Dorothy Sayers.

We’ve been abusing women abroad with the “global gag rule” every time a Republican president is in office. Literally dying. Preventable deaths. By the thousands. Now it’s our turn.

Interesting that the GOP spinmeisters can’t figure out  a catchy new name with their patented 180° reverse-take.

But maybe there’s no way to spin refusing to tell grown-up women about their legal medical alternatives in regards to pregnancy. Would men allow anything like this for any procedure for themselves?


Minimal Script: I am calling from [zip code] to tell Senator [___] to oppose the ‘domestic gag rule’ proposed by the Trump Administration.

More script if you want it: It is a blatant effort to cripple access to legally guaranteed reproductive healthcare, especially for low income women, and reflects the GOP’s determination to eliminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood. I ask that you publicly and strongly condemn this damaging policy.

Senator Feinstein: DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430
and Senator Harris: DC (202) 224-3553, LA (213) 894-5000, SAC (916) 448-2787, Fresno (559) 497-5109, SF (415) 355-9041, SD (619) 239-3884
Other Contacts:


(EngenderHealth) “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 It was later rescinded by President Bill Clinton, reestablished by President George W. Bush in 2001, and rescinded again by President Barack Obama in 2009.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.”

This attack on the health of women is now coming home. The Title X Family Planning Program funds organizations providing birth control, cancer screening and other services to low-income women and men across the country.  With this new “domestic gag rule”, health care providers who accept Title X funding would be banned from making abortion referrals for their patients and would not be allowed to perform abortions — regardless of the funding source — at the same facilities that provide Title X services.  This rule would effectively make it impossible for organizations such as Planned Parenthood to receive Title X funding.

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