A group of pro-choice legislators on Thursday helped stop a Senate committee from cutting international family planning funding and reinstating the “global gag rule.”
The Senate Appropriations Committee passed measures on Thursday that would repeal a total abortion coverage ban for Peace Corps volunteers, as well as permanently repeal the so-called Global Gag Rule.
The anti-choice maneuvers we’ve seen in Texas and elsewhere recently are the progeny of the Global Gag Rule, which has resulted in major losses of critical reproductive health services around the world. An act introduced in the House Thursday would permanently repeal the Gag Rule.
Global health did not come up explicitly in the final presidential debate, which focused on U.S. foreign policy. Both candidates, however, made reference to women’s issues, primarily voicing support for women’s empowerment in the Middle East.
Once more the GOP tries to block federal funding from any group that even mentions abortion — even outside the U.S.
Opponents of birth control don’t just want to limit access in the U.S., they want to slash U.S. support for international family planning programs. It’s a perennial debate, and it’s about to start all over again
Abortion is far from the only choice a woman makes about her reproductive health. And if you really think about it, why wait to defend those reproductive health choices until she is at the door of an abortion clinic?
As we celebrate the nearing anniversary of Roe v. Wade and President Obama’s repeal of the global gag rule another matter deserves our attention: the Helms Amendment is still alive and well. The president has it within his power to lessen the toll on women. Will he do so?
Today, the Senate Appropriations Committee adopted an amendment to the FY 2012 State Department and foreign operations appropriations bill introduced by Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) that, if signed into law, would block re-imposition of the Global Gag Rule.
A bill that would permanently repeal the Global Gag Rule was reintroduced last night in the Senate.