Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance and Statutory Abortion Restrictions - 2019

Credit - © 2017 Riccardo Gangale, Courtesy of Photoshare. A clinic in Rwanda.

The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of the U.S. abortion-related legal and policy restrictions, including Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance.


By the end of this course, participants will:

  • Have increased knowledge of Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance and understand its application to U.S. global health assistance
  • Have increased knowledge of the statutory abortion restrictions and understand their application to U.S. foreign assistance.
  • Be able to describe actions for ensuring compliance with Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance and the statutory abortion restrictions
  • Know who to contact for further information and how to access resource materials


The team that authored this course would like to acknowledge the following individuals for their inputs and feedback throughout the course development process:

  • Tamara Bates, USAID
  • Cara Chrisman, USAID
  • Aasha Jackson, USAID
  • Kamiar Khajavi, USAID
  • Taryn Kurtanich, USAID
  • Meghan Mattingly, USAID
  • Mary McLaughlin, USAID
  • Kimberly Ocheltree, USAID
  • Rachel Rhodes, USAID
  • Ellen Starbird, USAID
  • Mary Vandenbroucke, USAID


The course was originally published on July 14, 2017. However, to ensure that certificates of completion remain up-to-date, the course will be taken down at the end of December and republished in early January every year. The current date of publishing [August 19, 2019] represents several changes to the content of the course to reflect the revised (May 2019) PLGHA standard provision.