Congresswoman Susan Davis Statement on Reinstatement of Global Gag Rule

Jan 23, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) released the following statement on President Trump reinstating the Global Gag Rule, also known as the Mexico City Policy. His Executive Order will restrict U.S. funding to organizations that provide basic health care and family planning services to the poorest families around the world.

“Reinstating the global gag rule is a threat to women’s health around the world. Studies have shows that access to family planning services actually reduces incidents of abortion.

“President Trump’s orders will do nothing to reduce abortions globally. In fact, they are likely to increase because women in developing countries will lose access to critical family planning services and supplies, such as contraceptives.

“Federal law already prohibits the use of U.S. tax dollars to perform or promote abortion services overseas. All this rule does is put a gag on overseas groups and women from openly discussing heath care options.”