Thursday, April 30, 2009
Clinton Maintains Reproductive Rights are Human Rights
For the first time in many, many years, worldwide access to safe abortion has been reintroduced as the serious human rights issue that it is – thanks to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. On Wednesday, Clinton asserted that “[the Obama Administration] happen[s] to think that family planning is an important part of women's health and reproductive health includes access to abortion, that I believe should be safe, legal and rare,” while confronting the legislature’s vocal anti-choice demagogues with concrete data.
The Obama administration has restored funding to both the United Nations family planning fund and US AID, a sign of its evident commitment to reproductive rights; furthermore, one of Obama’s first actions was the repeal of the insidious global gag rule, a policy that impeded women’s access to family planning overseas. There’s no question that Clinton’s affirmative words are supported by the facts of Obama’s first 100 days.
Jodi Jacobsen of RH Reality Check has an excellent blog post on the subject; you can check it out here.