Definition of gag rule in English:

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gag rule


1A regulation or directive that prohibits public discussion of a particular matter, in particular.
Example sentences
  • There are court cases out of New York that indicate violations of the Constitution, of the First Amendment with regard to the gag rule and some of the other provisions.
  • Since the recent change of administration, the gag rule has been lifted, as have all bans of former programmers and volunteers, and discussions about the future of the network and the station have been conducted on-air with open phones.
  • I was in Washington last week to watch the swearing in of the 109th Congress and the gag rule is very much in effect in Congress.
1.1A regulation preventing the staff of government-funded family-planning clinics from offering patients information about abortion.
Example sentences
  • Just as the gag rule prohibits staff in federally funded clinics from mentioning abortion, characters in movies cannot use the A word if they don't wish to continue a pregnancy.
  • Thus, the abortion gag rule - as objectionable as it might be - might still pass Breyer's test, because it's not putting a monolithic wall between citizens and needed information.
  • The battle isn't over the traditionally big issues like access to clinics, gag rules that prohibit doctors from counseling patients about abortion, or the abortion drug RU - 486.
1.2A US government policy preventing US aid to foreign family-planning organizations unless they agree not to promote or perform abortions.
Example sentences
  • In the past, US groups, sheltered by the First Amendment, were exempt from such policies as the infamous gag rule that requires overseas NGOs to forswear abortion services and advocacy or lose US aid.
  • Some, like the Los Angeles Times, got the facts right from day one, reporting in two front-page stories that the gag rule restricts how foreign groups spend their own money.
  • But in the meantime, my TNR column is up - it's about, roughly, why compassionate conservatives should oppose the gag rule and the Mexico City policy.

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