Proposed Global Gag Rule Threatens Women's Health and Lives; Undermines Democratic Values

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The House of Representatives-proposed Foreign Relations Authorization Act of 2012 would reinstate a failed Bush-era policy -- the "Global Gag Rule" -- that would silence overseas community groups and health experts, preventing them from discussing access to safe, legal abortion - even when this needed counseling is funded with other money kept separate from federal dollars. More than 46,000 women around the world die annually from unsafe abortions, and millions more suffer debilitating injuries and disabilities, imposing the Global Gag Rule anew would exacerbate this deplorable situation.

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