Americans United for Separation of Church and State President and CEO Rachel Laser issued this statement today in response to President Joe Biden ending the global gag rule, which was re-imposed by former President Donald Trump:
“We at Americans United for Separation of Church and State applaud President Joe Biden for ending the dangerous global gag rule and prioritizing the health and reproductive freedom of people all around the world. Today’s critical Executive Order ensures that organizations aided by the United States can continue their vital work to expand access to contraception, prevent and treat HIV/AIDS, combat malaria, and improve maternal and child health worldwide.
“When former President Trump had reinstated the global gag rule, he was imposing the viewpoint of his religious extremist base onto U.S. foreign policy and undermining our foundational American value of religious freedom. True religious freedom protects everyone’s right to make their own deeply personal decisions about both religion and reproductive health care; it is a shield that protects us, and not a sword to cause harm to others.
“We are grateful to have an administration that values our fundamental freedoms and the health and safety of families worldwide. We look forward to a government that will continue the work every day of fulfilling our nation’s vision of equality and inclusion for all.”
Americans United is a religious freedom advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1947, AU educates Americans about the importance of church-state separation in safeguarding religious freedom