Take Action for Women:

As one of his first acts as president, Trump reinstated and expanded the Global Gag Rule (GGR), also known as the Mexico City Policy, to block US federal funding for non-governmental organizations providing health care of all kinds, anywhere in the world, if they so much as mention abortion. This ban, which was first implemented under the Reagan administration, has been enforced by Republican presidents, and repealed under Democratic administrations. Under the Trump administration, even NGOs that would like to use their own funds to pay for abortion care and information, while using US grants to support family planning programs that have nothing to do with abortion, are barred from receiving US aid, from any US department or agency, for any health program. Ironically, the GGR has been shown to increase abortion rates-especially of unsafe ones- in countries that depend heavily on NGOs to provide much-needed health care

Thankfully legislation has been introduced that would reverse the Global Gag Rule. HR 671 and S 210 have been introduced and sent to their respective foreign affairs committee. 

TWEET the chairs and ranking members of the committees:

@RepEdRoyce

@RepEliotEngel

Extra: @RosLehtinen (she might care)

Possible messages:

  • Support women's health across the globe. Bring HR671 to a vote!
  • HR 671 HER Act needs to come to a vote. NGOs shouldn't have to choose btwn caring for patients and accepting aid from the US.
  • HR 671 HER Act- Bring to vote! Protect funding for healthcare providers around the world. Gag Rule is devastating for women and children.

and

@SenBobCorker (chair)

@SenatorCardin (ranking member)

Extra: @SenJeffMerkley (he is a co-sponsor)

Possible messages:

  • Support women's health across the globe. Bring S210 to a vote!
  • S210 HER Act- Bring to vote! Protect funding for healthcare providers around the world. Gag Rule is devastating for women and children.
  • S210 HER Act needs to come to a vote. NGOs shouldn't have to choose btwn caring for patients and accepting aid from the US.

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