Oh, happy day! I was alerted by an email from NARAL Pro-Choice America announcing that President Obama has signed an executive order putting an end to the Global Gag Rule after eight arduous years. Yesterday, on the thirty-sixth anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Obama put out the following statement:
“On the 36th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we are reminded that this decision not only protects womenâ€™s health and reproductive freedom, but stands for a broader principle: that government should not intrude on our most private family matters. I remain committed to protecting a womanâ€™s right to choose.”
The Global Gag Rule was first implemented by Reagan and banned tax-payer money from going to international family planning groups. Clinton ended it, Bush reinstated it, and now Obama has ended it again. Let’s hope it’s gone for good.
CBS News reports also on how an anti-choice group has used Obama’s image once again in an ad, just as his image was used in the Prop 8 battle, despite his opposition to their cause.