We are angry but ready to fight on

MSI United States refuses to stay quiet when women and girls around the world are at risk of losing access to vital reproductive health services. The Trump Administration has once again attacked a woman’s right to choose by expanding the Global Gag Rule, but we will not back down without a fight.

MSI Zimbabwe is one of our many country programs that has been severely impacted by the Global Gag Rule, and we want to show you just how detrimental the effects have been. It’s shameful that even more vulnerable women and girls in need of essential family planning services could now lose access to services, due to this new overreach.

Clients in Mashonaland West Province, Zimbabwe listen to an outreach team member explain different contraception methods.

Prior to the reinstatement of the Global Gag rule, 100% of MSI Zimbabwe’s mobile clinical outreach service — which provides contraceptive methods to women in remote and rural communities — was funded by the US Government. US funding accounted for 56% of MSI Zimbabwe’s donor funding, before the Gag Rule.

Esther Chidumo, an MSI Zimbabwe nurse, conducts a group education session at Sengwe Clinic.

Due to the Gag Rule, we had to reduce by half the number of outreach sites we visit from 1,200 to 600.

Clients familiarize themselves with their options before their one-on-one counseling sessions.

MSI outreach services are often the only way women in under-served areas of Zimbabwe can access contraception. While knowledge of modern contraception is good in Zimbabwe, availability is low. In the four years before the Gag Rule, MSI Zimbabwe was changing this, and outreach teams reached almost 500,000 women with contraception.

Loice Masedze sits in line while waiting to access family planning services at Sengwe Clinic.

Loice Masedze is a farmer and single mother. Before an MSI outreach team visited her community, she used to travel more than two hours on foot to access contraception every few months. When Loice heard an outreach team was visiting close to her home, she jumped at the chance to attend.

“ I would feel wronged if [MSI Zimbabwe] was no longer able to come here because I still want to continue planning my family,” Loice said. “Getting services like this for free is crucial because not all of us can afford them.”

Loice speaks with Esther about options for long-term contraception during her one-on-one counseling session.

It is not enough to just talk about the injustices women like Loice are facing; we must act. We are committed to fight for change, and we know you are, too.

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