TAKING A STAND: CAR OPPOSES THE GLOBAL GAG RULE
By The CAR Advocacy Committee
First implemented by the Reagan administration in 1984, rescinded by President Clinton, and reinstated by the Bush administration in 2001, the Global Gag Rule prohibits foreign organizations that receive U.S. family planning money from providing abortion or referring clients to abortion services, even if they do not use US funds to do so. The Global Gag Rule forbids foreign organizations that receive US funding from working to legalize abortion in their own countries. This provision would be unconstitutional in the United States because it requires that an organization “surrender its right to use its own funds to exercise free speech and participate in the political process” (Population Action International). Anthropologists have ample opportunity to observe and document the cruel and devastating effects of the Global Gag Rule in poor countries and communities.