Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Global Gag Rule

Since I'm currently in lab, I'll write my thoughts on this later. But for now, care of NARAL:

On his first day in office, George W. Bush reinstated the global gag rule. This policy prohibits the United States from granting funds to any overseas health clinic unless it agrees not to use funding from any other source to provide abortion services, abortion-related advocacy, or even abortion counseling or referrals.

The global gag rule blocks women's access to family-planning services that prevent maternal and child deaths, unintended pregnancies, unsafe abortions, and the spread of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.

As part of the annual foreign-aid bill, the Senate passed a full repeal of the gag rule and the House passed a partial repeal. The Senate and the House are now working on a compromise version to send to the president.

On Wednesday, October 31, the House Foreign Affairs Committee will hold a crucial hearing on the global gag rule. Check out NARAL's website to do something about this, ASAP.

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