Years of misguided U.S. policy such as the Global Gag Rule have contributed to today’s crisis in Kenya.
By voting to reduce funding for international reproductive health and family planning activities, eliminate funding for the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), and reinstate the Global Gag Rule, the House threatens to turn back the clock on women’s health and has taken its disturbing war on women to a global stage.
This week, Democrat Nita Lowey introduced the Global Democracy Promotion Act, intended to permanently repeal the Global Gag Rule, while the House GOP/Tea Party majority is using every means possible to enshrine it permanently into law.
Just weeks after publication of a major report underscoring the benefits of robust U.S. investment in family planning worldwide, the GOP-controlled House Foreign Affairs Committee voted in the early hours of the morning today to reinstate the Global Gag Rule with broader and more damaging implications than ever before.
Apparently two years is too long to be ungagged.
This is pretty dry stuff. Wade through it please!
If budget negotiations lead to re-instatement of the Global Gag Rule, it will not reduce the deficit one penny. It will instead eviscerate family planning and force providers to choose between U.S. funding and serving women in need.
A huge generation is coming of age as a result of high fertility rates in Arab nations and elsewhere. How will this affect women’s rights?
The GOP war on women has gone global. Hidden within the Continuing Resolution (CR) passed by the House of Representatives are another set of drastic cuts and policy changes that would most severely affect women living in poverty and the children that depend on them. Cong. Russ Carnahan and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speak out against these cuts.
Sarah Palin’s Alaska belongs to Senator Lisa Murkowski now. The Republican who ran an independent write-in campaign against Tea Party and Sarah Palin-backed candidate Republican Joe Miller will serve another term as U.S. Senator for Alaska.