It’s crucial to align domestic and international family planning and reproductive health movements in order to save women’s lives.
The global gag rule only thwarts safe abortions. Illegal, unsafe abortion continues abroad unchecked, and is a major cause of maternal death.
President Bush’s proposed budget is released today. In what seems like his final farewell to women’s health, international family planning and domestic health care programs are slashed and gutted.
The media in the Philippines continue to portray abortion as a population control measure, not understanding that reproductive health care is a right. But U.S. policies like the global gag rule, which sensationalize abortion, aren’t helping.
As you American readers prepare to vote for President in November, please remember the women of Africa. Never has the American debate over abortion become clearer to us in Africa than during the Bush administration.
No matter what the framers intended, we now follow a system of government that is heavily weighed toward the executive branch. So more than ever we need a President who understands the importance of global women’s health.
Women are dying from preventable causes and the U.S. is contributing to the problem. This was the grave truth repeated at last Wednesday’s Congressional hearing on the Global Gag Rule–the first hearing of its kind in the last decade.
Doctors from around the world testified in support of overturning the global gag rule yesterday and Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! interviews one of them.
Is the twenty-three year long game of tug-o-war, while women’s health and democratic justice hang in the balance, almost over?
Last night, the Senate passed the Foreign Operations Appropriations bill that includes significant provisions overturning destructive policies on family planning and HIV/AIDS. Be sure to watch this stunning video in TV Reality or within this post.