FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 7, 2019
Contact: Brian Dixon, 202-489-5247
Population Connection Action Fund’s Senior Vice President for media and government relations, Brian Dixon, issued the following statement on the reintroduction of the Global Health, Empowerment and Rights (HER) Act:
“Two years ago, Donald Trump imposed his expanded version of the Global Gag Rule. He did so in the face of overwhelming evidence that the policy is cruel, counterproductive and dangerous. The damage his policy would cause was entirely predictable. Sadly, it has lived up to those predictions. Health clinics are closing throughout the developing world. Millions of people are losing access to contraceptives, screening for STI’s and other reproductive health care services. This policy is threatening crucial progress in reducing maternal mortality, in expanding economic opportunity and in improving public health.
We knew this would happen because we’ve seen it happen before. The Trump administration knew it too, but imposed it anyway. It’s disgraceful.
Today, we are proud to stand with Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, Rep. Nita Lowey and nearly two hundred other members of Congress who are introducing the Global Health, Empowerment and Rights (HER) Act that will end this pernicious policy. This iteration of the Global Gag Rule has lasted two years too many – and we hope Congress will act quickly to pass this important legislation and restore crucial support to health providers and the people they serve around the world.”