IPPF projects at risk because of the Global Gag Rule
The Global Gag Rule and IPPF
What is it?
The Global Gag Rule (GGR) denies U.S. funding to organisations like IPPF if they use any money to provide abortion services, counselling or referrals. It blocks critical funding for services like contraception, maternal health, and HIV prevention and treatment. Evidence from previous legislation shows that eliminating access to contraception leads to more unintended pregnancies and unsafe abortions.
How does it affect IPPF?
People who are getting voluntary family planning information, education and services may need other types of healthcare such as HIV testing and treatment, cervical cancer screening, or maternal health services. IPPF also covers work on sexual and gender based violence like rape, female genital mutilation and early and forced marriage. This integrated approach means that GGR funding losses will have a knock-on effect on an array of services.
What will happen
IPPF has been partnering with USAID to increase access to sexual and reproductive health services for millions of men and women in the poorest and hardest to reach communities around the world.
With the Global Gag Rule’s reinstatement, many of these people will no longer have access to essential USAID-funded reproductive health services.
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Why we wouldn’t sign the policy?
IPPF believes reproductive health is a right and everyone should be able to make choices about their well-being. Therefore IPPF will not support policies which actively restrict or violate an individual’s right to choose.
The Global Gag Rule not only undermines but violates these rights and therefore, IPPF cannot and will not support it.
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