Stop the Global Gag Rule
  • Petitioned President of the United States

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President of the United States
Nevada
Sen. Harry Reid

Stop the Global Gag Rule

    1. Petition by

      Population Action International

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April 2011

Victory

As US politicians worked for the last month to avert a government shutdown, Republican leaders took an ongoing war on women to global ends by insisting on policy riders that would have reinstated the Global Gag Rule.

After many groups sprung into action, including on Change.org, the Global Gag Rule was left out of the final spending bill signed into law last night!

This is not, however, a clear cut victory. Along with a shmorgusboard of problematic budget cuts, funding for family planning did receive disproportionate cuts in the final deal, setting the stage for another fight ahead over the 2012 budget.

Activists at Population Action International, which led the charge, thanked all those who organized to tell Obama and Reid to support international family planning. The cuts, they said, could have been much worse.

"Thank you for standing with women and sending letters to the President and Senate Majority Leader Reid supporting international family planning," said Craig Lasher, the Director of U.S. Government Relations at Population Action International, to all the Change.org members that joined the campaign. "Your activism helped stave off the severe funding cuts and damaging policy restrictions proposed by the House.  As a result, women in developing countries will have better access to the contraceptives they need to plan their families."

Members of Congress are planning an attack on women's health in developing countries. Politicians with an ideological view of family planning are now trying to cut funding for contraception, reinstate the Global Gag Rule and ban funding for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). 

President Obama overturned the harmful Global Gag Rule, which severely limits access to family planning services in developing countries. President Obama and our Congressional champions also worked hard to increase support for U.S. international family planning and the UNFPA. This funding accounts for a fraction of 1 percent of our budget and saves hundreds of thousands of lives. 

The vast majority of Americans, from both sides of the aisle, support family planning. Tell President Obama and the Senate to continue to stand up against the Global Gag Rule and for international family planning programs! 

 

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    1. Victory! Global Gag Rule Left Out of Budget Agreement

      Benjamin Joffe-Walt
      Vice President of Communications

      As US politicians worked for the last month to avert a government shutdown, Republican leaders took an ongoing war on women to global ends by insisting on policy riders that would have reinstated the Global Gag Rule.
      After many groups sprung into...

    2. Reached 750 signatures
    3. Congressional Leaders Try to Reinstate Global Gag Rule

      Benjamin Joffe-Walt
      Vice President of Communications

      With just hours left to negotiate a budget deal and avert a government shutdown, U.S. Republican leaders are putting ideology first - insisting on policy riders that threaten the health of poor women and their families worldwide.
      Not content with...

    4. Reached 500 signatures

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    • Dianne Hillier LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 3 years ago

      Compassion is the source of happiness in life….Without loving kindness and compassion, there is no peace or happiness in the family, the society, the country, or the world. 'With the Medicine Buddha mantra you can liberate numberless sentient beings from oceans of suffering and bring them to enlightenment.' - Lama Zopa. Tayata Om Bekanze Bekanze Maha BeKanze Radza Samudgate Soha

      - Lama Zopa Rinpoche

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    • mairead buchan LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 3 years ago

      if you want to benefit from the global economy you have to contribute towards the global society

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    • Wendy Benay Watson SANFORD, FL
      • about 3 years ago

      There is so much more that can be cut.

      Why are you going after woman?

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    • kevin sharpe BLACKHEATH, AUSTRALIA
      • about 3 years ago

      It's a funny thing about the United States. As individuals you are hard not to like, as a nation you are sometimes hard not to despise - and reinstating the Global Gag Bill is up there with burning the Qur'an to ensure much of the world despises you as a nation. Do you ever wonder just why your War on Terror is dragging on for so long and looking less and less successful by the year?

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    • Barbara McCrea KALAMAZOO, MI
      • about 3 years ago

      Why must the powerful always make the powerless suffer?

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