The Global Gag Rule is a brainchild of the U.S. anti-choice movement, and one of the first over-reaches of domestic abortion battles into the global health space.

Also known as the Mexico City Policy, it was first announced in 1984 by the administration of President Ronald Reagan at the International Conference on Population in Mexico City. As the first president elected on an anti-choice party platform, Reagan felt compelled to deliver the movement a victory, at any cost. At the conference, the U.S. allied itself with the Vatican, Iran, Libya, Syria and Sudan in opposing women’s access to abortion information and services.

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