Boxer, Murray & Snowe cancelled Bush's teenage pregnancy global policy. This is why I love Barbara Boxer! -- law
Yahoo! News - Senate votes out Bush foreign aid cuts to family planning
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The US Senate voted 52-46 to allow US foreign aid to fund family planning groups that perform or advocate abortion..
That ban, sometimes referred to as the Mexico City policy or the global gag rule, denies US family planning funds to foreign organizations that counsel, perform or advocate abortion..
President Ronald Reagan originally imposed the ban in 1984. It was renewed [papa] Bush.. but was rescinded in 1993 by then-president Bill Clinton. The [current] Bush administration expanded the global gag rule to cover the entire State Department budget, more than eight billion dollars
W is NOT for Women
Tuesday's vote to end the ban came as an amendment sponsored by Democrats Barbara Boxer and Patti Murray and Republican Olympia Snowe during debate on a State Department funding bill.
Murray said unwanted pregnancies are having a devastating effect in poor countries.
"The Bush administration has imposed a political ideology on the world. We cannot allow this undemocratic policy to deny women and their children health care and ultimately sentence them to die," said Murray on the Senate floor.
"It doesn't get much attention, but in the developing world complications from pregnancy is one of the leading causes of death for women ... That is more than one woman dying every minute of every day," Murray said on the Senate floor.
After the vote, Snowe said, "The global gag rule infringes on a woman's right to personal, private medical care. This is a question of making sensible medical care available to women."
But her fellow Republican Sam Brownback...