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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 05:51 PM
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Statement released after the President rescinds "Mexico City Policy"(family planning Gag rule)
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Saturday, January 24th, 2009 at 10:12 am
Statement released after the President rescinds "Mexico City Policy"

Yesterday, President Obama rescinded the "Mexico City Policy" and released the following statement:

It is clear that the provisions of the Mexico City Policy are unnecessarily broad and unwarranted under current law, and for the past eight years, they have undermined efforts to promote safe and effective voluntary family planning in developing countries. For these reasons, it is right for us to rescind this policy and restore critical efforts to protect and empower women and promote global economic development.

For too long, international family planning assistance has been used as a political wedge issue, the subject of a back and forth debate that has served only to divide us. I have no desire to continue this stale and fruitless debate.

It is time that we end the politicization of this issue. In the coming weeks, my Administration will initiate a fresh conversation on family planning, working to find areas of common ground to best meet the needs of women and families at home and around the world.

I have directed my staff to reach out to those on all sides of this issue to achieve the goal of reducing unintended pregnancies. They will also work to promote safe motherhood, reduce maternal and infant mortality rates and increase educational and economic opportunities for women and girls.

In addition, I look forward to working with Congress to restore U.S. financial support for the U.N. Population Fund. By resuming funding to UNFPA, the U.S. will be joining 180 other donor nations working collaboratively to reduce poverty, improve the health of women and children, prevent HIV/AIDS and provide family planning assistance to women in 154 countries.
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ikojo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 05:54 PM
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1. What about offering parenting classes
to young mothers. Too often they were poorly parented and they pass that poor parenting on to how they raise their kids.
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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 05:55 PM
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2. I'd like to see public funding of child care centers also.
People need an affordable safe place for their children so they can work or go to school. Child care providers need an adequate source of income so they can afford to provide safe child care.
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pinto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 05:58 PM
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3. kick
:kick:
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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 06:02 PM
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4. Not only is the President doing wonderful things, but is verbally coherent too
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pinto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 06:05 PM
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5. Really. It's refreshing to see clear logic in a decision, (even those
I'm sure I will disagree with on some points down the road), instead of the convolutions and sleight of hand we had for the last eight years.
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