Back 27 January 2017

ICM Statement on Global Gag Rule


 Information Note 


The Hague, Netherlands, 27 January: The International Confederation of Midwives strongly supports and endorses the United Nations Foundation in its opposition to the United States’ Global Gag Rule which will be detrimental to the rights, health and well-being of women and girls in developing countries around the world.

“Requiring non-government agencies providing reproductive health care, to disavow any involvement with abortion in order to receive US global health funding, will put women’s lives at risk and increase barriers to contraception and essential health care. Lack of access to safe abortion services inevitably leads to serious complications and maternal deaths because of unsafe abortion practices”.

The International Confederation of Midwives applauds Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Lilianne Ploumen, for initiating an international strategy to mitigate the impact of the Global Gag Rule. “Funding is vital to agencies working in maternal and child health and reproductive health and it is reassuring that the Netherlands and other governments have moved so quickly to support an international fund to continue this important work”.

The lives of women and girls matter.


Dr Sally Pairman

Chief Executive

International Confederation of Midwives


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