Foreign Aid and Global Gag Rule

ForeignAid and Global Gag Rule


ForeignAid and Global Gag Rule

Doesit matter whether one is pro-life or pro-choice? When it comes to theissue of women health, people should not be concerned with partisanpolitics, but rather about support. No rule should gag or hurt womenby holding critical programs hostage to politics and ideologicalprecincts. In fact, such programs are not only detrimental to thehealth of women but to the general welfare of developing nations. Having a moral robustness means that people should rise and backprograms that aim to support women’s welfare without imposingrestrictions on their welfare or health that one purports to support.In fact, the issue of life or choice does not guarantee one a pass inglobal welfare.

Forthe past 40 years, the United States has provided planning aid todeveloping countries, and one such program that is embroiled bypartisan politics is family planning aid (Bendavid, Avila &ampMiller, 2011 Cohen,2011)).In spite of the long-standing legislative interdict on the UnitedStates to foreign aid to pay for the abortions, recognized as helmsamendment, the anti-abortion proponents unaccountably but consistencehave asserted that such stand is contrary to antiabortion. Cohen(2011) asserts that although the gag rule is practiced as a way toreduce the abortions practiced across the countries getting theforeign aid, it does not actually inhibit abortion, but diminishesthe gains made in the provision of health care, more so, maternalhealth care.

Infact, abortion rates have not decreased as proponents of the ruleopine (Cohen,2011).Opposing the rule means endowing women with mechanism over their ownfertility and as such, produces welfares for the women, theirfamilies and nations. In fact, any regulation aimed at eliminatingAmerican assistance for family planning eliminates reproductivehealth programs that have greatly supported women and their families.As such, the government should channel foreign aid to deservingpeople in order to enhance their health, irrespective of their stand.The issue is not about abortion, but about lack of contraceptionthus, the government should scrap the rule and allow flow of aid toall deserving countries. In fact, Joseph(2012) contends that women in developing countries turn to abortionsor other practices due to lack of contraception.


Bendavid,E., Avila, P., &amp Miller, G. (2011). United States aid policy andinduced abortion in sub-Saharan Africa. Bulletinof the World Health Organization,89(12),873-880c.

Cohen,S. A. (2011). GPR. GuttmacherPolicy Review,14(1).

Joseph,R. (2012). Sex, abortion and Obama. Journalof Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care,38(3),187-190.