Lowey Statement on Six-Month Review of Expanded Global Gag Rule
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY17/Rockland-Westchester), Ranking Member on the House Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement in response to the State Department’s release of a six-month review of the expanded Global Gag Rule’s impact:
“The Global Gag Rule increases unwanted pregnancies and abortions and hurts the very women we are supposed to be helping.
“It is unconscionable that the Administration never conducted an analysis of this disastrous policy prior to implementation. The review released today highlights the confusion this policy has caused and was done in too short a time frame, making the results superficial and useless.
“This Administration’s expansion and implementation of the Global Gag Rule will harm health care services for men, women, and children around the globe and leaving an indelible stain on our legacy of global health leadership.”
The expanded Global Gag Rule forces all international groups receiving U.S. global health assistance to choose between receiving U.S. funding or providing comprehensive health care services to their patients. Congresswoman Lowey is the sponsor of the Global Health, Empowerment, and Rights (HER) Act, which would permanently repeal the Global Gag Rule.