Letter: End the gag rule

Published: 5/1/2018 12:01:07 AM

The Monitor’s editorial board was right to condemn President Donald Trump’s “global gag rule” (Monitor editorial, April 26).

When Trump signed the order, he radically expanded the rule to restrict funding not only to family planning programs, but to all global health funding – putting HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and nutrition programs all at risk.

The global gag rule forces providers to make an impossible choice: accept U.S. aid and deny patients complete information and access to the full range of health care options, or ensure patients get the care they need and lose desperately needed U.S. funds.

We’re already seeing the consequences of the policy as clinics are closing, contraceptive supplies are dwindling, mobile health deliveries are ending and costs to patients are rising.

As these services diminish it should come as no surprise that unsafe abortion is skyrocketing and the health of women, girls and people is suffering.

We thank a bipartisan group of lawmakers, led by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and sponsored by Sen. Maggie Hassan, for introducing the Global HER Act to repeal the policy and prevent a future president from unilaterally reinstating it.

The gag rule is a heinous policy that inflicts tremendous suffering on some of the world’s most vulnerable, and we must immediately repeal it.



(The writer is a UNH student and a fellow with the #Fight4HER campaign in New Hampshire.)

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