Mexico City Policy (aka Global Gag Rule)

The Mexico City Policy, also know as the “global gag rule” is a U.S. foreign policy that limits non-governmental organizations who receive federal funding from promoting or providing abortions or abortion related information. 

Ronald Reagan first imposed the rule in 1984. Bill Clinton rescinded it in 1993. George Bush reestablished it in 2001 and Barack Obama rescinded it again in 2009. 

One of Trump's first moves in office was to re-establish it, signing an executive order on Jan. 23, 2017. While the global gag rule originally applied only to U.S. family planning funds, Trump’s order applies to all “global health assistance furnished by all U.S. government departments or agencies.” This means that every health effort that receives funding is impacted, including that provided by USAID, the Department of State, and the Department of Health and Human Services, including the Centers for Disease Control.

This page will track Trump’s statements and actions about the Mexico City Policy.

Timeline

Assessment

For her Feb. 14, 2017, article, Bosley interviewed Bill and Melinda Gates about Trump's "global gag rule":

The “global gag rule” imposed by Donald Trump, blocking US funds to any organisation involved in abortion advice and care overseas, could impact millions of women and girls, endangering their lives and those of their babies, Bill and Melinda Gates have warned.

The changes are expected to result in funding from the world’s biggest donor to family planning and women’s health programmes in the developing world being slashed. It could, Bill Gates told the Guardian, “create a void that even a foundation like ours can’t fill”.