Raising Women’s Voices

Call for President-Elect to restore US leadership in reproductive rights

Posted in Uncategorized by raisingwomensvoices on November 7, 2008

The day after Obama’s election, The Center for Reproductive Health called on the President-Elect to lead the country away from the destructive reproductive health policies of the current administration and committ to three key steps for a new, responsible reproductive health policy:

Nominate Federal Judges Committed to Supporting Established Constitutional Rights

Policy Recommendation: Ensure that nominees to the federal bench will affirm recognized constitutional rights, including a woman’s right to choose an abortion.

Promote Reproductive Health Policies Guided by Science, Not Ideology

Policy Recommendations: 1) Strike funding for abstinence-only programs in the proposed budgets for the Title V Maternal-Child Health Block grant and the Community-Based Abstinence-Education programs; 2) appoint agency heads, particularly to Health and Human Services (HHS) and the FDA, who won’t allow politics to trump science; and 3) direct the Secretary of HHS to instruct the FDA to ensure its over-the-counter policy for Plan B is based on medical evidence and not ideology.

Promote Reproductive Health and Rights at the United Nations and in Foreign Aid Programs

Policy Recommendations: 1) Nominate U.N. representatives committed to living up to the U.S.’s prior commitments to promote and protect reproductive rights; 2) repeal the Global Gag Rule; and 3) restore funding to the United Nations Population Fund.”

See the full article here.


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