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 And now President Obama has repealed it.
While the Global Gag Rule has become a favorite tool of the far-right to rally its base, their explanation of what it does it simply wrong.
In his inaugural speech, Obama underscored a desire to find creative new solutions to problems. Overturning the global gag rule is one step towards remedying reproductive health challenges but there are many others that require creative solutions.
Global gag rule, conscience rule, ban on stem cell funding on the chopping block in new administration’s first days; PEPFAR: good on access to treatment, failure on prevention; George W. Bush the “most pro-life President ever”?