Bye bye global gag rule

An important step for global health equity, Obama has repealed the Mexico City Policy (also known as the Global Gag Rule) that had prevented federally funded NGOs from performing and even counseling women on abortions.

Here’s part of Obama’s statement on whitehouse.gov:

For too long, international family planning assistance has been used as a political wedge issue, the subject of a back and forth debate that has served only to divide us.  I have no desire to continue this stale and fruitless debate.

It is time that we end the politicization of this issue.  In the coming weeks, my Administration will initiate a fresh conversation on family planning, working to find areas of common ground to best meet the needs of women and families at home and around the world.

What a ladies’ man.

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