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The Global Gag Rule and Women's Reproductive HealthRhetoric Versus Reality$
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Yana van der Meulen Rodgers

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190876128

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190876128.001.0001

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Impact of the Global Gag Rule

Impact of the Global Gag Rule

New Estimates

(p.123) Chapter 6 Impact of the Global Gag Rule
The Global Gag Rule and Women's Reproductive Health

Yana van der Meulen Rodgers

Oxford University Press

Chapter 6 offers new econometric estimates of the impact of the global gag rule on abortion rates. The analysis identifies the policy impact as the difference in abortion rates before and after the 2001 policy reinstatement and the difference between countries with high and low exposure to the policy. Abortion rates are constructed using Demographic and Health Survey data from 51 developing countries. Results from logistic regressions indicate that the global gag rule is associated with a threefold increase in the odds of women getting an abortion in Latin America and the Caribbean, a twofold increase in sub-Saharan Africa, and no net change in the Middle East and Central Asia. Results also indicate no consistent relationship between strict abortion laws and abortion rates. In the majority of developing countries exposed to the global gag rule, the policy failed to achieve its objective of discouraging women from getting an abortion.

Keywords:   global gag rule, Mexico City Policy, abortion, family planning, contraception, reproductive health, foreign aid, logistic regression, Demographic and Health Surveys, Latin America

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