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 And now President Obama has repealed it.
Many of President Bush’s harmful legacies for women’s health will take years to undo. But President-Elect Barack Obama can reverse some of the Bush administration’s retrograde policies on sexual and reproductive health with just the stroke of a pen.
On the global gag rule, on funding for UNFPA, and on PEFPAR — who holds the office of the Presidency makes the critical difference.
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.