The Global Gag Rule, reinstated and expanded by President Trump, is a policy that prevents all foreign organizations receiving US global health aid from providing abortion services, referrals, or information — even if they use non-US funds to do so. This policy will have devastating and widespread effects, from cutting off access to contraceptives, to limiting HIV/AIDS counseling and maternal health care.
Monica Oguttu is the Executive Director of the Kisumu Medical and Education Trust (KMET), an IWHC grantee partner in Kenya. KMET provides and advocates for comprehensive reproductive health services throughout Kenya, and especially in rural and under-served communities. From 2017 to 2021, KMET was slated to receive approximately 56 percent of its budget from the US government. In this video, Ms. Oguttu explains the deadly impact of Trump’s expanded version of the Gag Rule in Kenya.