The 'Global Gag' Rule

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In this Monday, Jan. 23, 2017 photo, President Donald Trump signs an executive order to withdraw the U.S. from the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Francoise Girard, president of the International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC),    discusses President Donald Trump’s executive order, which reactivated what critics call a global gag rule, banning international NGOs that receive U.S. funding from providing or offering information about abortions. 

"You’re silencing the doctors and nurses in the consultation room, you’re affecting the practice of medicine and the free speech of medical professionals," says Girard. "Either they take U.S. money and stop providing comprehensive care for women, or they’re going to take U.S. funding and possibly forgo other sources of funding."