Raising Women’s Voices

Sex Ed & Abortion Access disappointments in Obama’s budget request

Posted in DC Reform by raisingwomensvoices on May 13, 2009

Marilyn Keefe blogged at RH Reality Check last week, following the release of the President’s FY 2010 Budget Request to Congress.  While there are some encouraging aspects for progressive health reform  and reproductive rights advocates to be happy about, the budget request left a good deal to be desired, Keefe says.

While abstinence-only sex education funding was slashed, the budget leaves roughly $150 million open for program funding and research and demonstration grants that could well include abstinence-only programs.  It also failed to remove abortion restrictions, leaving virtually all women who rely on the government for health care, including those insured by Medicaid, federal employeed, Peace Corps volunteers, and women in prison, without across-the-board abortion care coverage.  About the shortfalls in Obama’s budget request, Keefe says:

There’s agony to go with the ecstasy, and perhaps more than anything real disappointment with the too prevalent view that compromise on reproductive health issues is necessary to foster bipartisan dialogue in this country.

Read the rest of what Keefe has to say here.


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