The Global HER Act

What is the Global HER Act?

The Global Health, Empowerment, and Rights Act (Global HER Act) would prevent a future president from unilaterally imposing the Global Gag Rule.

Why Do We Need the Global Her Act?

Because the Global Gag Rule has always been an executive action, it can be imposed or rescinded by whoever happens to be in the Oval Office. Within days of assuming the presidency, Donald Trump announced a radically expanded version of the policy. President Biden rescinded Trump’s Global Gag Rule on January 28, 2021.

The Global Gag Rule is a heinous policy that inflicts tremendous suffering on some of the world’s most vulnerable people. Passing the language of the Global HER Act is a necessary step towards making American policy more effective, more rational, and more just.

Global HER Act Details


Bill Number: S. 142
Sponsor: Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)
Latest Action: January 28, 2021 (introduced to the Senate)
Number of Cosponsors: 46


Bill Number: H.R. 556
Sponsor: Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA-13); Jan Schakowsky (D-IL-9) and Ami Bera (D-CA-7) are co-leads
Latest Action: January 28, 2021 (introduced to the House of Representatives)
Number of Cosponsors: 177

Summary (same for Senate and House bills): This bill states that foreign nongovernmental organizations shall not be ineligible for U.S. international development assistance under the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 solely on the basis of health or medical services provided by such organizations with non-U.S. government funds if such services do not violate the laws of the country in which they are being provided and would not violate U.S. federal law if provided in the United States. Such organizations also shall not be subject to requirements relating to the use of non-U.S. government funds for advocacy and lobbying activities other than those that apply to U.S. nongovernmental organizations receiving such assistance under such Act.