Obama lifts the global gag rule!
“We look forward to working with President Obama on common-sense policies such as reversing Bush’s midnight HHS rule, funding comprehensive sex education to keep our teens healthy, and increasing access to affordable family planning that help prevent unintended and teen pregnancies and lead to healthy outcomes for women,” said Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
“We know from available evidence that voluntary access to contraception is the best way to reduce the number of abortions in the developing world,” said Dana Hovig of Marie Stopes International, a London-based group that provides reproductive health care in 43 countries and was denied U.S. funding under the policy. “We now have an opportunity to demonstrate this fact once and for all.”
The International Planned Parenthood Federation estimates it lost about $100 million in U.S. funding in the past eight years, which it estimates could have prevented 36 million pregnancies and 15 million abortions. That does not include funding that was cut off to its affiliates, such as programs in Kenya and Ghana.
“This is the true legacy of the global gag rule,” Greer said.
Trivial as these issues may seem next to the war in Iraq and Afghanistan and the crumbling economy, these are some of the issues I’m most passionate about. The Bush administration’s insistence on abstinence-only sex-education for students and their refusals to allow women to control their own bodies and to allow people to protect themselves are completely infuriating. I’m excited we’re moving forward.
I won’t preach tonight, maybe some other time.