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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Ending the global gag rule--change the daddy can believe in!

"Being a woman is a terribly difficult task, since it consists principally in dealing with men." --Joseph Conrad
"Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition."
--Timothy Leary

Obama Reverses Global Gag Rule

by Suzanne Malveaux

WASHINGTON - President Obama signed an executive order Friday striking down a rule prohibiting U.S. money from funding international family planning groups that promote abortion or provide information, counseling or referrals about abortion services.

The order comes the day after the 36th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion in the United States.

[Planned Parenthood supporters rally in 2005. US President Barack Obama on Thursday said he backed a woman's "right to choose" on the 36th anniversary of a landmark Supreme Court decision that women have a constitutional right to abortion. (AFP/Getty Images/File/David McNew)]
It reverses the "Mexico City policy," initiated by President Reagan in 1984, canceled by President Clinton and reinstated by President George W. Bush in 2001.

The policy, referred to by critics as "the global gag rule," was initially announced at a population conference in Mexico City.

Reversing the previous administrations' stance on the policy was one of Clinton's first acts as president in January 1993 and the very first executive order issued by Bush on January 22, 2001, the 28th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

Critics, including Planned Parenthood, called Bush's move a "legislative ambush."

He defended his action, saying, "It is my conviction that taxpayer funds should not be used to pay for abortion or actively promote abortion."

The group Population Action International praised Obama's move, saying in a statement that it will "save women's lives around the world."

"Family planning should not be a political issue; it's about basic health care and well-being for women and children," it said. "Women's health has been severely impacted by the cutoff of assistance. President Obama's actions will help reduce the number of unintended pregnancies, abortions and women dying from high-risk pregnancies because they don't have access to family planning."

This is change the daddy can believe in!


Christopher said...

It's a new day!

Obama is correcting all that's been wrong the past 8 years.

All it took was a leader.

SagaciousHillbilly said...

It's good to have a president who isn't playing footsie with the religious extreme fundamentalists and has a rational educated brain.

It's not politically correct to say so, but no one could write a descriptive line or tell a story like Joseph Conrad, one of my favorite authors.

Chi-Chi, The Original Wombman said...

Oh, I was very pleased when I read this a few days ago. A good first step, I say, especially to me, an Obama skeptic.

MacDaddy said...

Sagacious: So far, he's doing pretty well. However, I'm a disappointed in the stimulus package. To appease republicans, he has included too much tax cuts, about 35%. But he's included only about 18% in infrastructure. Independent Bernie Sanders, many democrats and people within his own administration are saying there is too little money put on infrastructure, which offers the best chance to start jobs. But Obama is listening too much to Larry Summers, a conservative economist who thinks of banks over foreclosures and jobs, markets over people.

Other than the stimulus package, I think Obama is doing great.

Chi-Chi: Thanks for coming. I went to your blog, but it would not allow me to comment. Hey, put your name as a follower on the top of my sidebar and come back again. Blessings.

Anonymous said...

does it matter that infants die? my bro died this way, it feels horrible