The Global Gag Rule holds women in developing countries hostage in the never ending ping pong game of U.S. partisan politics. First imposed by President Ronald Reagan in 1984, the policy withheld family planning funding from any foreign organization that offered abortion services — even just information or referrals — with their own, non-U.S. funds.

The Gag Rule was later rescinded by President Clinton, reinstated by President Bush, and rescinded again by President Obama. It’s very likely that it will be reinstated by the next Republican administration. This instability means family planning clinics on the ground can’t always get the funding they deserve, or offer the services women in their communities need.

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