October 18, 2017

Experts in international and women’s health services will provide a six-month review of the impact of the Trump Administration’s expansion and rebranding of the Mexico City Policy, also known as the global gag rule, at an event on Capitol Hill on October 19, 2017. The program, renamed Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance, encompasses all US government global health assistance, including funds to fight HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis.

The event is sponsored, in cooperation with Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, by three organizations dedicated to promoting global health and advancing women’s rights:

Expert speakers will share new research findings on the early impact of this policy in Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Swaziland, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. They will also shed light on how previous versions of the policy relate to abortion rates, maternal mortality, and other areas of global health.

Date:                     Thursday, October 19, 2017

Time:                    2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location:             Capitol Visitors Center, SVC209, First St NE, Washington, DC, 20515

Registration:       Space is limited. RSVP to Annerieke Smaak,

Speakers:             Bergen Cooper, Director of Policy Research, Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE)

                              Vanessa Rios, Program Officer, International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC)

                              Skye Wheeler, Emergencies Researcher, Women’s Rights, Human Rights Watch (HRW)

                               Moderated by Nina Besser Doorley, Senior Program Officer, IWHC


Contact:, (+1) 917-498-3346

Photo: DFID / Simon Davis