IPPF/WHR Statement on Expansion of Global Gag Rule
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Giselle Carino, Regional Director of the International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region (IPPF/WHR), reacted to the unprecedented expansion of the Global Gag Rule with the following statement:
“Denying critical health care to the people who need it most is not only unfair, unjust, and inhumane—it can be a death sentence. There are millions of women and girls across the Americas and the Caribbean who depend on our local partners for crucial health services. Ideology has once again Trumped public health expertise at the expense of millions of women and young people.”
The announcement, made yesterday in a statement by the U.S. State Department, vastly expands the scope of the Gag to include international health programs that work with HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health, malaria, global health security—the initial order signed by Trump extended the Rule to organizations that received U.S. assistance for family planning. The Gag now impacts nearly $9 billion in global health assistance for programs at USAID, the State Department, and the Department of Defense, even though evidence from previous versions of the policy have demonstrated it contributes to more unintended pregnancies, unsafe abortions, and maternal deaths.
IPPF/WHR works with local partner organizations in 40 countries across the Americas and the Caribbean. Our local partners are autonomous, local organizations that share a common mission: to ensure the fulfillment of sexual and reproductive rights for all, including universal access to high-quality sexual and reproductive health services and comprehensive sexuality education.
IPPF/WHR defends the right of all young people to enjoy their sexual lives free from ill health, unwanted pregnancy, violence and discrimination. We support a woman’s right to choose to terminate her pregnancy legally and safely, strive to eliminate sexually transmitted infections, and reduce the spread and impact of HIV/AIDS.