This post originally appeared on The Huffington Post. As the political leader of the pro-choice movement, NARAL Pro-Choice America mark’s President Obama’s 100 day milestone as yet another reminder of how electing leaders who support the fundamental American values of freedom and privacy does make a difference in the lives of women and their families.
Margaret Pollock, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Population, Refugees and Migration, Department of State and head of the U.S. delegation, delivered the much anticipated U.S. statement to the Commission on March 31.
The focus of this Congress, along with the presidential administration, must be on creating down-to-earth reproductive health care policy, instead of being swayed by battles over who holds the higher moral ground.
A word of warning to African governments: don’t wait for Obama alone to provide contraceptive security for your female citizens.
The repeal of the global gag rule does not only means that hundreds of thousands of women around the globe who may no longer need to seek an unsafe abortion as a means of last resort, risking their health and lives to do so.
The global gag rule actually condemned more women to illegal, unsafe abortion by cutting funding for the very family planning programs needed to avoid unwanted pregnancies in the first place.
The Senate voted 60-37 against an amendment to the SCHIP bill that proposed to reinstate the global gag rule.
To have asked women to wait another day for Obama to reverse the global gag rule in order to satisfy the fake “common ground” is disrespectful of women’s lives, let alone their moral autonomy.
Thank you, President Obama. The Global Gag Rule is no more! Advocates, physicians, legislators and women around the world are rejoicing. Onward to the next challenge…
The global gag rule has never reduced abortion — rather, it resulted in an attack on the delivery of family planning services that could help reduce abortion. And now President Obama has repealed it.