Congressman Tim Ryan Statement on President Trump Reinstating the Global Gag Rule

Jan 23, 2017 Issues: Health and Wellness, Health Care

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH) today responded to President Trump reinstating the Global Gag Rule – which was first introduced in 1984 to force health providers eligible for U.S. assistance to choose between receiving U.S. funding or providing comprehensive health care services to their patients.

Both the Clinton and Obama Administrations repealed the Global Gag Rule through executive action. Congress has the ability to make this repeal permanent – over the past several years Congressman Ryan has continually supported legislation that would achieve this goal. This year, Congressman Ryan will be an original cosponsor of the Global Health, Empowerment, and Rights (HER) Act when it is introduced in the 115th Congress – this legislation would make the repeal permanent.

“Study after study proves that the Global Gag Rule hurts health coverage around the world. We know that when women receive increased access to family planning services and contraception the number of abortions decrease. We should be working to make it easier for women and families to receive the support they need to live healthy, full lives – not harder. I will keep fighting to end this harmful rule once and for all,” said Congressman Ryan. “In the meantime, I urge President Trump to reconsider this decision to restrict reproductive health access abroad, especially immediately after so many hundreds of thousands of women marched across our own country in defense of these important rights.”