Saturday, July 11, 2009

Steps towards reproductive justice  


Two positive pieces of information, folks.

One, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed an amendment to the foreign aid appropriations bill yesterday that would permanently ban the Global Gag Rule. The Global Gag Rule bans federal money from funding any reproductive services abroad that "promote" abortion. Currently, it's been a tug-of-war amongst the past few presidents - good ol' Ronald Reagan instated it, Clinton revoked it, Bush Junior re-instated it, and Obama just overturned it again. It's utterly pointless, and it keeps abortion services and education from reaching the women who need these services the most. Let's hope and pray that it passes through Congress.

Two, Ireland is currently undergoing its own Roe v. Wade. Three women are challenging Ireland's abortion ban in ABC v. Ireland, which currently prohibits abortion in almost every circumstance except when a woman's life is in danger. I feel powerless to help in any way possible because I'm all the way in the U.S. Anyone have any suggestions on how to support abortion rights in Ireland from the outside?

It's certainly an exciting time to be a pro-choice activist.

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