Politics Today’s Yay
posted by November 10 at 15:05 PMon
On the heels of news that Obama is considering two anti-choice Republicans, Chuck Hagel and Richard Lugar as his Secretary of State (all those who think foreign policy has nothing to do with women’s rights, please redirect your attention here, here, here, or here), here’s some potential good news: Obama seems poised to overturn one of the worst aspects of Bush’s anti-woman foreign policy, the global gag rule. The gag rule bars US foreign aid from any family planning group that even counsels pregnant women about abortion, including in countries where abortion is legal. Planned Parenthood Federation president Cecile Richards told the Washington Post she expects “a real change” to the United States’ family-planning policies abroad, RH Reality Check reports.
Meanwhile, one of Obama’s public health advisors told Bloomberg she expects the president-elect will reverse US policies that emphasize abstinence and monogamy within marriage in poor countries such as Rwanda and Uganda—policies that don’t work in places where infidelity by men is nearly universal and where basic information about safe sex is in short supply.