Definition of gag rule in US English:

gag rule


  • 1A regulation or directive that prohibits public discussion of a particular matter.

    • ‘Where is the Democratic Party not controlled by gag rules?’
    • ‘On December 3, 1844, the gag rule was repealed, and Adams had that date engraved on the top of the cane.’
    • ‘The planned format of the symposium will be panel discussions focusing on gag rules and value imposition; legal impediments to gender equality; domestic countries’ reinforcement of power imbalances.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The gag rules have been enhanced on these letters, which allow surveillance without a judge's approval or even a reasonable suspicion that the target is a criminal.’
    • ‘However, a gag rule has always been included as a condition for the settlement of the lawsuits, preventing the plaintiff from discussing the case with the public or government officials.’
    • ‘To help preserve stability, the DPP, which has fought hard to revamp the political establishment since its birth in 1986, has imposed a gag rule on its contentious members, if only informally.’
    • ‘Payment incentives, gag rules, and other practices that might motivate providers to evade their ethical responsibility to give complete information to their patients about their illness, treatment options, and plan coverage should be abolished or prohibited as a condition of plan participation in Medicare.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The House adopted gag rules to prevent these petitions from being read out loud on the House floor.’
    • ‘But if indeed they thought listeners would agree, why was a gag rule necessary?’
    • ‘This gag rule imposed on scientists is particularly onerous at professional meetings.’
    • ‘Of course he exaggerates to make the point that the networks adhere to a draconian gag rule regarding the most-well-known figure in human history.’
    • ‘The gag rules and other restrictions that apply to lawyers working for this set of clients are called ‘special administrative measures’ or ‘SAMs.’’
    • ‘Moreover, defense attorneys are subjected to a sweeping gag rule that would effectively limit public information on the trials to handouts from the Pentagon.’
    • ‘Even states without gag rules often try to restrain speech, urging complainants to keep their grievances confidential.’
    • ‘The Court's logic appears to be that once a victim's name is available at all - for example, on a police crime blotter or a website - the interest in privacy has been forfeited, and so a gag rule cannot thereafter be justified.’
    • ‘Several years later, on December 3, 1844, those opposed to the gag rule finally succeeded in rescinding it.’
    1. 1.1 A regulation preventing the staff of government-funded family-planning clinics from offering patients information about abortion.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Sullivan imposed the gag rule on US clinics that received federal funds, meaning abortion couldn't be mentioned as an option.’
      • ‘Tennessee now joins several other states, including Florida, New Hampshire and West Virginia, which have abandoned gag rules in the interest in protecting free speech.’
      • ‘The original quotation, from HALT's website specified that there are nine states that have stiff gag rules.’
      • ‘The Gestapo tactics of this Department of Education, and the gag rules being imposed on educators when it comes to sex education, is finally being met with stiff opposition as Governor Jim Doyle of Wisconsin leaves $600,000 on the table.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Then, in mid-August, he ordered all managed care companies that insure federal workers to expand their patient protections, in part by eliminating gag rules that restrict what a doctor can tell a patient about treatment options.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Ghouri discovered that clinics that did not comply with the gag rule were shutting at an alarming rate.’
      • ‘The Republican right - enthusiastic supporters of gag rules when it comes to abortion rights advocates, gays and lesbians, opponents of US militarism, etc. - wrapped themselves in the First Amendment.’
      • ‘In California, an initiative to outlaw gag rules will be on the ballot in November as part of a pair of larger patient-protection measures.’
      • ‘New Jersey and Tennessee are the only two states that significantly improved in this area; supreme courts in both states struck down their gag rules as unconstitutional since HALT issued its 2002 Report Card.’
    2. 1.2 A US government policy preventing US aid to foreign family-planning organizations unless they agree not to promote or perform abortions.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The global gag rule, or Mexico City Policy, originated under President Reagan, was rescinded by President Clinton, and reinstated by President Bush.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘One of George W. Bush's first acts as president five years ago was to reinstate a global gag rule on family planning for health organizations in foreign countries that get U.S. aid.’
      • ‘The first day that George W. Bush was in office, he reintroduced the global gag rule, which defunded family planning groups that had anything at all to do with abortion - even though it was already illegal to use federal funds for abortion.’
      • ‘The ‘gag rule’ was reaffirmed by President George H.W. Bush and now is being restored by George W. Bush.’
      • ‘What global gag rules do abroad - impose a regime of censorship on family-planning groups that need or want U.S. funds - new health department regulations and so-called abstinence grants do at home.’
      • ‘Under the global gag rule, providers can't discuss the full range of options, including the availability of abortion, with clients facing an unplanned pregnancy.’
      • ‘Leaders also expressed fervent opposition to Bush's global gag rule, which denies funding to any clinic daring to even discuss abortion.’
      • ‘Since this speech-squelching policy isn't exactly soundbite-friendly, the White House employed a careful misinformation strategy when discussing the gag rule with the press.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Since abortion is largely illegal in Kenya, one would expect the gag rule to have had little impact.’
      • ‘He supported Bush's reinstatement of the gag rule for recipients of US family planning funds abroad.’