As civil society organizations, we applaud the Dutch government initiative She Decides and stand united in opposition to the US Global Gag Rule that President Trump reinstated this month. Please join the initiative and sign the petition as association or donate for associations affected by the Global Gag Rule:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScyNYolqqBBVwoYjhp3FBtAh8zc5uo5sDQ-DhofUzc0IZiSIg/viewform (to sign the petition)
civil-society-organizations-stands-with-she-decides (to read the petition)
The Global Gag Rule, also known as Mexico City Policy, is a US government policy promoted by Republicans that blocks federal funding for NGOs providing information, referrals and services for legal abortion. The result of such a policy is that it reverses progress the world has achieved on reproductive, maternal and child health, it violates women’s rights and, by making essential services out of reach, it increases unintended pregnancies and unsafe abortions at the cost of women’s health and lives in particular in the poorest countries of the world.
The She Decides initiative – which is quickly being embraced by several likeminded countries – aims at raising money to counterbalance the funding gap that the Trump administration’s policy will soon create. It will “prevent women and girls being abandoned,” said Lilianne Ploumen, the Dutch minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, as all funds will be made available to organizations affected by the Global Gag Rule and fund sexual and reproductive health initiatives in developing countries.