#Fight4HER is focused on mobilizing action against Trump’s Global Gag Rule and in support of the newly renamed bill to block it, the Global Health, Empowerment, and Rights (HER) Act. We’ve partnered with seasoned grassroots leaders around the country to organize local communities to take direct action that puts pressure on members of Congress to support the HER Act. We demand increased access to international family planning programs to ensure that every woman and girl can make her own healthcare decisions without exceptions.
Author and human rights activist Lisa Shannon has been on the ground in the in Africa talking to the women and girls affected by U.S. cuts in aid to international family planning programs. See and hear the real-world stakes of the #Fight4HER Campaign in the video below:
What is the Gag Rule?
The Gag Rule bars any U.S. funding for foreign non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that use their own, non-U.S. funds to offer abortion services, counseling or referrals related to abortion, or political advocacy around the issue of abortion. It’s a cruel, counterproductive policy that has cut off funding to some of the most experienced, effective aid groups in the world. When Donald Trump instated it in January, he made it even worse. In the past, the Gag Rule has been applied to U.S. family planning funding; Trump’s version, however, expands the restrictions to all global health funding. Global health experts are still evaluating the potential impact of the expansion, but it’s already clear that billions of dollars in U.S. aid will be affected. The results will be devastating.
The Global Health, Empowerment, and Rights (HER) Act
The Global Health, Empowerment, and Rights Act (Global HER Act) (S. 210/H.R. 671), introduced in the Senate by Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and in the House by Representative Nita Lowey (D-NY), would create a permanent, legislative repeal of the Global Gag Rule. The bill currently has 46 co-sponsors in the Senate and 137 in the House of Representatives.
The Global Health, Empowerment, and Rights (HER) Act would:
- Ensure that eligible foreign NGOs can continue to operate U.S.-supported health programs abroad, particularly those that provide legal health services to women — including counseling, referral, and legal abortion services — with their own, non-U.S. funds;
- Guarantee that foreign NGOs will not be forced to sacrifice their right to free speech in order to participate in U.S.-supported programs abroad;
- Help expand access to health programs for women around the world to improve health and development outcomes for entire families, communities, and developing countries.