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Jan 2017 – Mar 2017

Global Response to the Reinstatement of the Global Gag Rule

To mobilise high-level leaders, civil society and local grass root organisations and citizens to express their opposition to the reinstatement of the Global Gag Rule.

$125,000 Multi-Year Grant Value


The Mexico City Policy, also known as the Global Gag Rule, prohibits foreign NGOs that receive US family planning assistance from using even their own (non-US) funds to:

(a) Provide counselling about abortion and referral of women and girls for abortion;
(b) Perform abortion services other than in cases which involve a threat to the life of the woman (girl), rape or incest; and
(c) Advocate for the legalisation of abortion in their own country.

In January 2017, President Trump reinstated the Global Gag Rule.

This grant provides initial support for a campaign to get leaders from around the world to join US organisations in conveying to President Trump and Vice President Pence that the Global Gag Rule is damaging to women and adolescents’ reproductive health. The seven-month campaign will mobilise forces through a variety of strategies, including issuing a global organisational statement targeted at Congress, conducting a social media campaign and digital advertising, and engaging reports around the issue.   

To learn more about the Global Gag Rule, click here


The global community came together in 2016 to set the Sustainable Development Goals; we promised that women and girls would be at the centre of many of these. America’s Global Gag Rule breaks that promise as it has a chilling effect on health services for millions of the world’s most vulnerable women and girls. It will increase unintended pregnancies and unsafe abortions, and it will reverse decades of progress on reproductive, maternal and child health by putting critical health and family planning services and supplies out of reach for those who most need them.  

The evidence shows that access to contraception is transformative for girls, women and their families and communities. It is linked to greater gender equality, educational attainment and economic development.  Health providers around the world face a painful choice between losing their US funding and losing the freedom to offer a full range of reproductive health services.  

While this grant may not overturn the Global Gag Rule, it will allow high-level leaders, civil society and local grass root organisations and citizens to express their anger and opposition to its reinstatement. This campaign is a reminder that the global community promised to place women and girls at the centre of many of the Sustainable Development Goals. It will call on all governments to increase funding for contraceptive services and supplies and to support policies that will advance sexual and reproductive health and rights for all.