Trump’s Global Gag Rule causes innumerable injuries and deaths due to unintended pregnancies and unsafe abortions. Just take it from Sajja Singh, the 23-year-old Vice President of YUWA—a membership-based youth organization in Kathmandu, Nepal. The three areas of focus for YUWA are active citizenship to promote youth leadership, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and youth empowerment research.
Because abortion has been legal in Nepal since 2002, the country is directly affected by the Global Gag Rule—reproductive health providers are permitted by law to counsel on and provide safe abortions, but the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) forbids it. This is a violation of providers’ free speech and an ugly example of colonial foreign policy that puts the ideology of some in the United States ahead of that of the people in the country our aid is meant to help.
As a result of the Global Gag Rule, reproductive health care facilities, including mobile clinics that provided care in rural, hard-to-reach communities, have lost funding and were forced to close. Sajja worries about the impact these closures will have on patients. “Clinics are being shut down, and people are bound to choose the unsafe methods of abortion.” Forcing providers to choose between offering patients comprehensive reproductive health care and receiving vital U.S. international family planning funding is cruel and misguided, and hurts patients either way.
It’s time that we put an end to the Global Gag Rule so that everyone, everywhere, has access to the reproductive health care that they need and deserve. Please join us in November as a #Fight4HER voter and ensure that Trump doesn’t win a second term—the world can’t suffer through another four years of his regressive, mean-spirited “leadership.” Pledge to be a #Fight4HER voter here!