Friday, January 23, 2009

RIP Gag Rule-Don't let the door hit ya in the ass

From the Feminist Majority:

President Barack Obama issued an executive order today that repealed the Global Gag Rule.

This executive order will have a monumental impact by saving the life, health, and suffering of literally millions of women worldwide yearly. In part because of restricted access to reproductive health services caused by the Global Gag Rule, more than 70,000 women annually die from unsafe abortions worldwide and the incidence of HIV/AIDS is skyrocketing.

The Global Gag Rule prohibited family planning programs in other nations that receive US aid from using non-US monies for abortion counseling, advocacy, and referrals. The rule was instituted by President Reagan in 1984, was repealed by President Clinton, and was reinstituted by President George W. Bush.

The Global Gag Rule inhibited women worldwide from access to gynecological exams, AIDS prevention and treatment, and contraceptive options. It also halted shipment of condoms and contraceptives to more than 20 countries.

And here is the rest of it.


David McDonald said...

Wasn't it GWB who told us Gynecologists were unable to serve the women they love?

brenda said...

Isnt it great to finally see a President who not only makes promises, but actually keeps them. We all know its going to take some time to restore the economy, President Obama has made the comment that the American people will know exactly how the stimulus money will be used, until he was voted into office American people were kept in the dark about most everything. I dont know about anyone else, but i'm pretty darn happy about our new President.