Pop quiz: The Global Gag Rule…
a) tells foreign organizations what they can and can’t do with their own money as a condition of receiving U.S. family planning assistance
b) stifles free speech and would be unconstitutional if imposed on U.S. citizens
c) undermines family planning programs in developing countries
d) is also known as the Mexico City Policy, even though it has little to do with Mexico
e) all of the above
If your answer was “f) a type of acid reflux?” then you should probably keep reading. (And if it was a, b, c, d, or e, then you should also keep reading).
The policy itself is complex, and when it comes to its implementation and impact, the story doesn’t get any simpler.
The Gag Rule has been around for 30 years. It’s been a political football—in place during Republican presidencies, and repealed during Democratic ones. It’s not in place right now, but there’s a risk it could come back. In an unlikely worst-case scenario, Congress could legislatively reinstate it this year. Or it could return in 2016, if a Republican is elected President.
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(And in case you’re wondering, the correct answer to the quiz is e) all of the above.)