June 28, 2023

An investigation of the impact of the Global Gag Rule on women’s sexual and reproductive health outcomes in Uganda: a difference-in-differences analysis

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In 2017, the Trump administration reinstated the Global Gag Rule (GGR), making non-U.S. non-governmental organizations ineligible for US government global health assistance if they provide access to or information about abortion. Little is known about the impact of the Trump administration’s GGR on women’s outcomes. Data for this analysis come from a panel of women surveyed in 2018 and 2019 in Uganda (n= 2755). We also used data from meetings with key stakeholders to create a detailed measure of exposure to the GGR within Uganda, classifying districts as more or less exposed to the GGR.