Monday, January 26, 2009

The critics can suck it

I want to give kudos to Obama for lifting the “global gag rule” that had forbade the US government from supporting any organization that provided or advised women about abortion in any way. (Of course they were allowed to spew their anti choice rhetoric.)

Even though it was expected, it still makes me happy.

Under Bush, the rule was not only reintroduced (Clinton had rescinded it), but expanded by cutting off assistance to the United Nations Population Fund.

Dr. Greer, Director General of the International Planned Parenthood Federation, said:

“IPPF estimates that during the Bush administration it lost at least US$100 million for the life saving family planning and sexual and reproductive health services that our grassroots national affiliates in over 100 developing countries deliver to their communities.

Based on internationally recognized estimates this funding would have prevented 36 million unintended pregnancies and 15 million induced abortions.

More tragically 80,000 women’s and 2.5 million infant and children’s lives would have been saved. This is the true legacy of the Global Gag Rule.”

We are talking about an organization that works with 180 donor nations and it’s appalling to care as little about woman’s rights as China. The facts don’t even support the claim that this policy will decrease the amount of abortions and it’s sad that the potential of life of a fetus is more valued then woman’s rights, HIV and aids care, child immunizations, and decreasing the infant mortality fate.

Doesn’t sound very “pro-family” to me.

So, kudos Mr. President.

Closing Guantanamo, being %100 against torture, and lifting this ban were three of the things I feared to be hopeful about. So far so good.

1 comment:

  1. I agree. I'm cautiously hopeful that he'll continue to turn things around and follow thru with his campaign promises.


What's on your mind?