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Experts Discuss Potential Impacts Of Global HER Act

Guttmacher Institute: The Global HER Act Would Repeal the Harmful Global Gag Rule
Heather D. Boonstra, director of public policy at Guttmacher, discusses several potential impacts of the Global Health, Empowerment and Rights Act (Global HER Act), if passed, writing, “Importantly, the Global HER Act would prevent future antiabortion administrations from easily re-imposing the global gag rule through executive order. This, in turn, would greatly reduce the likelihood that family planning aid and other global health assistance will continue to be treated as a political football by antiabortion ideologues — never mind the severe real-world consequences” (2/7).

Human Rights Watch: Pushing Back Trump’s Attack on Reproductive Choice
Amanda Klasing, senior researcher in the Women’s Rights Division at HRW, discusses the reintroduction of the Global HER Act, writing, “It looks likely to pass the House and in the Senate, as Republicans Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski have joined the majority of female senators as two of the 45 original co-sponsors. It is long past time to protect the rights of women around the world and empower women to make their own reproductive choices — regardless of who is in the U.S. White House” (2/7).