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Global Gag Rule: A Flawed Policy

The global gag rule not only harms women, it is unnecessary, ineffective, and undemocratic. Since at least 1973, no taxpayer dollars have been spent to provide or “promote” abortion services overseas. The Helms amendment to the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, prohibits nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that receive Federal funds from using those funds “to pay for the performance of abortions as a method of family planning, or to motivate or coerce any person to practice abortions.” (For more information, see the fact sheet on the Helms amendment). Consequently, the global gag rule is a solution in search of a problem.

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