As I wrote yesterday, today I ,(along with other bloggers!), am celebrating the anniversary of Roe. V Wade by blogging for choice. This year’s topic: What is your top pro-choice hope for President Obama and/or the new Congress?
My top pro choice hope for President Obama is rumoured to be becoming a reality this week! My hope is that the global gag rule is overturned. I’ve been waiting oh so long for someone to come into the office and overturn that nasty rule that Dubya re-instated on his first day of office(jerk!).
Quick background on the gag rule(taken from Planned Parenthood)
The Reagan-era global gag rule mandated that no U.S. family planning assistance funding can be given to organizations that provide abortion services, offer counseling and referral for abortion care, or advocate legal abortion access in their own countries — even if they do so with their own funds. International reproductive health care organizations have faced a dangerous dilemma: either accept desperately needed U.S. funds but deny women life-saving services and information, or reject U.S. assistance and be forced to cut crucial prevention services. The global gag rule has meant that approximately 200 million women around the world have faced enormous barriers in seeking family planning services.
Completely inhumane, right?! This rule hurts women by denying them basic rights. Information and education. Come on! This does more harm than help. By denying women these basic things, this rule is preventing the very services that help women avoid unwanted pregnancies and abortions in the first place. And it’s not just a women’s issue. Without the financial help that these clinics depended on, the global gag rule has meant the closing of these clinics. Clinics that provided basic healthcare for women, children, AND their families! I don’t want MY United States to be the reason for that. This rule is plain ridiculous and of course hasn’t helped on how the international world views us. So President Obama, I really hope the rumors are true. That my hope will become reality this week. Please, please, please, make MY United States a country that respects basic rights, a country that lends out a helping hand, a country that cares!
sheesh, I kind of got cheesy at the end, but I truly mean it!