On August 29, 2003, President Bush issued an executive memorandum expanding the global gag rule, even though the U.S. Senate recently voted 53-43 in favor of overturning it. The gag rule now affects all international programs receiving funds from the U.S. Department of State.
The global gag rule prohibits foreign non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that receive U.S. family planning assistance from providing abortions or abortion counseling, even in countries where abortion is legal and the NGOs use their own money to provide these services. It also prohibits NGOs from communicating with their governments to change the abortion policies of their countries, unless they are trying to make them more restrictive.
Not only does the global gag rule deny women access to family planning, but it also denies them access to other basic health care, including prenatal care and treatment for HIV/AIDS. That’s because most foreign family planning organizations are the only source for all reproductive health care services.
You can click here to send a letter to Bush telling him to overturn his own executive order. Not that he really gives a rat’s patooty about what voters think…but feel free to tell him none the less.
It’s nice to see “compassionate conservatism” at work, isn’t it?