On January 23, 2017, United States President Donald Trump reinstated the Mexico City Policy, also known as the “Global Gag Rule”, extending restrictions on all US global health assistance - up to $9.5 billion in funding - to organizations that provide access to, or even information about, abortions.
By extension, this will also cut vital funds to women’s health services around the world, including cervical cancer and STI screenings, maternal health checkups, access to contraceptives and family planning, and investments in Zika response.
In response to the "Global Gag Rule", the Netherlands launched She Decides, a global initiative calling on governments, businesses and private citizens to fill the funding gap that will be left in the wake of this policy.
On March 2nd, world leaders from countries like Denmark, the Netherlands, Canada, Norway, and Luxembourg, alongside private stakeholders and foundations, responded to this policy by gathering in Brussels to show their commitment to safeguarding women’s health — pledging $190 million to support the She Decides initiative.
The petition signatures of over 13,600 global citizens helped secure these financial commitments.
These commitments were impressive, but there is still a long way to go. As Global Citizens, we must come together to defend women’s health and call on world leaders to do their fair share.
Sign the petition so that world leaders step up to fund women’s health and support She Decides.