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The Global Gag Rule and Women's Reproductive Health: Rhetoric Versus Reality

Yana van der Meulen Rodgers


In recent decades, the long arm of US politics has reached the intimate lives of women all over the world. Since 1984, healthcare organizations in developing countries have faced major cuts in US foreign aid if they perform or promote abortions as a method of family planning. The policy—commonly known as the global gag rule—is a hallmark of Republican administrations. The reinstatement and expansion of the global gag rule by Donald Trump in January 2017 caused a firestorm of debate. Proponents emphasize the importance of reducing abortions globally, while critics predict large increases in uns ... More

Keywords: global gag rule, Mexico City Policy, abortion, fertility, population control, family planning, contraception, reproductive health, maternal health, foreign aid

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190876128
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190876128.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Yana van der Meulen Rodgers, author
Professor, Womens & Gender Studies Department, Rutgers University