This week marks the 30th anniversary of one of the most infamous anti-family planning policies in American history: the Global Gag Rule. To mark the occasion, we are excited to announce the release of our latest project: 30 Years is Enough: End the Global Gag Rule. You may have seen our short documentary by the same title, and this companion piece is a long-form, immersive, online experience. You’ll hear the destructive 30-year history of this policy from people who were there, documenting the effe cts of the Gag Rule on the ground. And you’ll hear from those who are working today to end this policy for good.
The Global Gag Rule has been called an “attack on the international family planning program”—and we couldn’t agree more. The policy denies foreign organizations receiving U.S. family planning assistance the right to use their own non-U.S. funds to provide abortion information, referrals, or services, or to advocate for the legalization of abortion in their countries. The policy has been rescinded and reinstated over the past 30 years depending on which party is in the White House, and this instability has been incredibly harmful for organizations trying to help women get the care they need. You can learn more about this policy’s history in our online experience.
We’re hosting a tweet storm today to call attention to this terrible policy. Will you join us? Tweet using #GGR30 from 12 – 2 p.m. EST. We hope to reach 1 million people with this tweet storm, so politicians hostile to family planning will have to take notice. But we can’t do it without you.
Click these links to start tweeting!