National Partnership just sent out an e-mail celebrating President Obama’s rescinding of Bush’s global gag rule:
The global gag rule denied U.S. family planning funds to foreign NGOs (non-governmental organizations) that use their own private, non-U.S. dollars to counsel women, make referrals for abortion, or perform abortions. It even denied U.S. funds to NGOs that expressed support for laws to make abortion safe and legal.
Now that’s some change I can believe in. We’re not giving money to provide abortions, but we ought not deny funds to organizations that provide good and complete family planning and emergency contraceptive information for women all over the world–especially in places where rape is often used as a weapon of war.