Obama Will Rip Away the ‘Global Gag’
Posted on Jan 23, 2009
In the next move of a partisan ping-pong game over women’s reproductive health, Obama is slated to reverse the despicable “global gag rule” that refuses U.S. aid to foreign health clinics that even mention the word that begins with an A. And sounds like “shma-shmortion.” It’s abortion.
President Barack Obama today is to make the most contentious move of his young administration with an order overturning a ban on federal funds to foreign family planning organisations that counsel abortion or help women obtain them.
The rule change continues the dismantling of George Bush’s conservative policies. It is likely to encounter fierce criticism from the still robust anti-abortion movement.
It will allow US aid, usually through the US agency for international development, to flow to HIV/Aids clinics, birth-control providers and other organisations that advocate or counsel abortion across the world. It is known as the “global gag rule” because it denies US taxpayer dollars to clinics that even mention abortion to women with unplanned pregnancies.
On-and-off rule: Demonstrators during the Bush administration protest against the global gag rule, which echoes the policies of the Reagan administration. President Clinton reversed the rule in the first days of his term, but it was restored by George W. Bush.