The Global Gag Rule and the Helms Amendment are two of the most odious policies ever enacted on foreign assistance funding.


The Global Gag Rule penalizes foreign health care providers that provide a full range of information and services that are legal within their own countries. It stifles democratic participation by prohibiting assistance to organizations that speak out about the impact of unsafe abortion in their own countries. The Helms Amendment has been used to ban foreign assistance from funding abortion services under any circumstances, even in cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the pregnant person.
It is simply impossible to have a serious discussion about reproductive health and maternal mortality in the developing world without discussing the importance of safe abortion access. The Global Gag Rule and the Helms Amendment erode access to comprehensive reproductive health care, including abortion. And it is time for that to end. 

#Fight4HER is a grassroots campaign of Population Connection Action Fund focused on expanding access to safe, affordable, and comprehensive reproductive health care worldwide by:

  • Activating people across the country to take action against the Global Gag Rule and in support of the bill to block it, the Global Health, Empowerment, and Rights (HER) Act.

  •  Ensuring that repealing the Helms Amendment is a top policy priority in 2020 and beyond.


Activists, organizers, and community leaders around the country are working together to take direct action that puts pressure on members of Congress to support the Global HER Act.

We demand increased funding for international family planning and reproductive health programs to ensure that every individual seeking care can make their own health care decisions – without exceptions.



#Fight4HER is a campaign of Population Connection Action Fund

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