Thursday, December 07, 2006

 

Gag me.

Some notes about the Global Gag Rule-- even though this has been in effect since the beginning of Bush's Presidency (he reinstated the policy on his first day of work), it doesn't mean that it isn't having a huge impact every day globally.

Here's a little about it:
The global gag rule (also known as the Mexico City Policy) denies federal funding to any family planning organizations internationally that provide abortions in cases other than life-threatening emergencies or rape, provide counseling services that include abortion as an option, or lobby for increased abortion rights within the country they are working in.

This greatly affects the health care community-- for example, in Kenya (according to globalgagrule.org) eight clinics were closed and many reproductive heath care staff and programs throughout the country were cut. This in and of itself is too bad, but even more crucial is the fact that many of those closed clinics were the only place to obtain health care in their local communities.

Read about
Impacts of the Global Gag Rule
on individual countries around the world here.

Love,
Liz

2 Comments:

Anonymous Moonbat_One said...

Many taxpayers may have reservations about their tax monies used to kill children.

7:12 AM  
Blogger Tufts Feminist Alliance said...

moonbat_one:
I can only guess that you are referring to abortion. Abortion is not the same as killing children; further, I would hope that children were never killed, whether with taxpayer money or not. Liz's post underlines the frightening reality that U.S. politics, rather than an individual woman's situation, often determine the actions and capabilities of NGOs.

6:49 PM  

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