President Biden rescinded the devastating Global Gag Rule on January 28, ending the policy that defunded sexual and reproductive health care if care providers so much as mention the existence of safe abortion.
This rule brought pain and suffering to women in the world’s most under-resourced communities, and the next president could reinstate it with a single pen stroke.
The Global HER Act, now being considered by Congress, would end the Global Gag Rule for good — but our leaders need to hear that it matters to you.
Safe abortion is health care — it’s just that simple.
Tell our leaders in Congress that the Global HER Act matters. Add your name by International Women’s Day, March 8.
Dear Leaders in Congress,
President Biden’s repeal of the Global Gag Rule sent a strong message — that safe abortion is health care. While this decision is a welcome and necessary change, it is only the first step in stopping the harm that this rule has caused, rebuilding effective partnerships, and restoring access to critical health care around the world.
For decades, the Global Gag Rule has blocked health care access, stifled local advocacy efforts, and undermined reproductive health and rights worldwide. Under every Republican since President Reagan, the Gag Rule has been U.S. policy. It puts lifesaving services out of reach for communities who already face systematic barriers to health care. The last four years dramatically magnified the harmful impacts of this rule, as the Trump Administration expanded the policy in unprecedented ways.
Permanently repealing the Global Gag Rule by supporting the Global HER Act will ensure that the U.S. can build sustainable partner networks and make long term progress on a range of critical health issues. We thank you for considering the Act, which has now been endorsed by 114 diverse organizations, has bipartisan backing in the Senate, and has record high approval in the House.
We urge you to take the next step: Call the Global HER Act to a vote and pass it immediately, so that no U.S. president can ever play politics with the Gag Rule – and women’s right to comprehensive health care — ever again.
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Pathfinder has worked to improve health systems by advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) for 63 years. Our staff are part of the communities where they work and invested in making things better. They know what works and what doesn’t.
From global networks to national influencers to local community-based organizations, women, youth, and adolescents—we work strategically and diligently to bring about policy changes that support access and funding for SRHR. Especially now, during this global crisis, when women and girls need these services more than ever. Through our local partners in Nigeria, we quickly learned that cases of gender-based violence were skyrocketing during COVID-19 lockdowns. We worked with those partners to reopen health centers and gender-based violence support centers, despite the lockdowns.
With your partnership, we’ll keep pushing for women and girls to have the services they need despite every barrier they have before them—even a global pandemic.