Saturday, January 24, 2009

Ending the global gag rule

One of former President Bush's first acts in office was to re-impose the global gag rule denying US-AID funding to health groups which talk about abortion. The policy has been disastrous, leading to closed clinics and reduced access to health services in third world countries - leading in turn to deaths and the spread of disease. Women die because of this piece of conservative callousness. So, I'm glad to see that President Obama is repealing it.