Representative Nita Lowey

Representing the 17th District of New York

Congressional Leaders Slam Expansion of Global Gag Rule

May 15, 2017
Press Release

“Expansion of the anti-woman Global Gag Rule is a cruel and unprecedented attack on the world’s most vulnerable women.”

WASHINGTON, DC — Nita M. Lowey (D-NY), Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee, along with Eliot Engel, Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee; Louise Slaughter, Ranking Member of the House Rules Committee, and Representative Barbara Lee released the following statement after the Administration unveiled its dangerous policy, the Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance, to expand the Global Gag Rule restrictions to all global health assistance provided by the Department of State, USAID, and the Department of Defense, totaling over $8.8 billion dollars in more than 60 vulnerable countries:

“President Trump’s expansion of the anti-woman Global Gag Rule is a cruel and unprecedented attack on the world’s most vulnerable women. The updated policy will not only limit access to family planning services, it will limit all global health services, potentially cutting off life-saving programs for women, children, and men around the world. President Trump’s expanded Rule will severely weaken the effectiveness of our foreign assistance by undermining the United States’ moral leadership abroad and placing burdensome requirements on some of our most capable international partners. In some cases, this could end access to critical health programs entirely.

 

“President Trump has shown he cannot be trusted to lead in the global fight for women’s human rights and dignity. Therefore, Congress must move immediately to vote on the Global Health, Empowerment, and Rights (HER) Act, which would permanently repeal the President’s vicious, anti-woman policy.” 

Immediately following President Trump’s reinstatement of the Global Gag Rule in January, Congresswoman Lowey introduced the Global Health, Empowerment, and Rights (HER) Act, which would permanently repeal this anti-woman policy.

The Global Gag Rule, first introduced in 1984 by the Reagan Administration, forces health providers eligible for U.S. assistance to choose between receiving U.S. funding or providing comprehensive health care services to their patients. President Trump’s expansion of the Global Gag Rule would apply to all U.S. global health assistance provided by the Department of State, USAID, and Department of Defense, but does not include The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, as well as the vaccine alliance GAVI.

###