Trump’s Global Gag Rule at One Year: Initial Effects and Early Implications

This policy brief is based on the documentation project by IWHC in 2017 aimed at capturing and analysing the impacts of the Global Gag Rule (GGR), in partnership with local organisations in Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa. The GGR will jeopardise the health of girls and women with organisations and individuals heavily emphasising the potential impacts to women’s and girls’ access to health care, particularly for already-marginalised groups of women. Concerns were also raised that the policy will prevent women from accessing information about referrals for safe abortion services, leading to increased reliance on unsafe services. Recommendations put forth in the brief were directly targeted to the US government; international NGOs including prime recipients and others; donor governments and international and regional organisations; UN agencies; governments in countries that received global health funding; and the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights.