Facebook’s chief operating officer wrote a Facebook post on Thursday night outlining why she’s against the President’s order to reinstate the Mexico City Policy, also known as the “global gag rule.” She also endorsed the passage of the Global Health, Empowerment, and Rights (HER) Act, a bill introduced by two Congresswomen to overturn the policy.
“I started my career working at the World Bank on health care in India. I saw firsthand how clinics funded by foreign aid are often the only source of health care for women. When women are given even the most basic health care information and services, they live longer, healthier lives — and they give birth to children who live longer, healthier lives,” Sandberg wrote.
“Comprehensive family planning helps prevent unintended pregnancies, deaths and abortions. This week’s executive order reinstating the global gag rule will make that work much harder.”
Sandberg, who fashions herself as a champion for gender equality and supported Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, was criticized for not speaking out in support of the Women’s March, which took place in cities across the globe last week, USA Today reported. But Sandberg’s Facebook post makes it clear where she stands on the issue of women’s reproductive health.
“The best way to prevent abortion is through more family planning services, not fewer,” she wrote. “Women’s rights are human rights – and there is no more basic right than health care. Women around the world deserve our support.”
Read her full post below.