Global HER Act

One day after President Donald J. Trump betrayed women and girls around the world by imposing his deadly global gag rule, Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Representative Nita Lowey (D-NY), along with an unprecedented number of original cosponsors, introduced the Global Health, Empowerment and Rights (HER) Act, a bill that would permanently end Trump’s global gag rule. The Global HER Act would remove dangerous eligibility restrictions on international recipients of U.S. foreign assistance and would ensure that U.S. foreign assistance prioritizes women’s health.  

The Global Her Act would also:

  • Allow foreign organizations receiving U.S. aid to use non-U.S. funds to provide safe abortion and other medical services that are legal in the U.S. and in the respective countries.
  • Promote safe, ethical medical practices by removing discriminatory restrictions on essential health care services.
  • Support and encourage democratic participation and freedom of speech abroad.
  • Nullify any existing U.S. law or policy that interferes with these provisions.

Passage of the Global HER Act would guarantee that U.S. foreign assistance promotes health care that is free from stigma and discrimination. The Global HER Act would encourage comprehensive reproductive health care, would uphold a patient’s right to informed choice, and would demonstrate respect for the doctor/ patient relationship.

Learn more about the Global HER Act.

Learn more about Trump’s global gag rule.

Source35In real terms, U.S. support for family planning is at the same level now as it was 35 years ago.

Source$48 billionPEPFAR was reauthorized on July 30, 2008 and authorized $48 billion through fiscal year 2013.