U.S. Politics Push the Global Poor to Unsafe Abortion

The global gag rule bans U.S. funding to health organizations that provide or refer to abortion—regardless of what other essential health care services they provide. While the global gag rule has come and gone, one U.S. policy has remained in place: the Helms Amendment. Passed in 1973, this amendment bans the use of U.S. foreign aid funding for abortion care directly.

Now, this anti-choice policy might be on the way out.