Explain the so called Global Gag Rule. Are there any implications of this rule over working of NGOs in India? Discuss
‘Global Gag rule’ is a US policy which denies funding to NGO’s, prohibiting them from encouraging abortion and investing in abortion related healthcare in their countries, the recent policy of Donald Trump administration also tells that if NGO’s wish to be eligible for US govt fund assitance, they must refrain from spending their own money on providing abortion and related services which include distribution of information and counseling to women.
It will have effect on NGO’s working in India which provide contraceptives to avoid pregnancy and counseling regarding family planning specially in rural areas, some of these NGO’s are primarily funded by the US government, however it will not have much effect on majority of NGO’s as they are dependent on other sources of funds both locally and internationally.