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After the Gag Rule: A Blogging Salon

Written By: Audacia Ray
March 30, 2009

 

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This week RH Reality Check and UN Dispatch are co-hosting a blogging salon called After the Gag Rule.

Mark Goldberg, of UN Dispatch, kicked the salon off with these thoughts:

    Among the first executive orders signed by President Obama upon taking to office were eliminating the so-called “Global Gag Rule” and restoring American funding for the United Nations Population Fund to provide international family planning assistance. I think we all would applaud these two moves, however I cannot but help shake the feeling that this brings us to where we were in 2000. For the past eight years activist communities have been organized around achieving these twin goals. Now that they have been met what else should the Obama administration do to promote the health and welfare of women worldwide?

Alanna Shaikh responds with a post called Once the Evil Empire is Gone; and Laurie Mazur gives her input in a post called Tackling “Population Control” Dangers Head-On.

IWHC President Adrienne Germain responds with her thoughts:

By overturning the Global Gag Rule and reinstating UNFPA funding, the Obama Administration has taken immediate actions to ensure the rights and reproductive health of women and girls. But a lot of day-in, day-out slogging is being – and will have to continue to be – done. And, there are quite a few things that must be undone – for example, the Administration’s bold move to repeal the HHS regulations initiated by the Bush Administration.

The US can stand tall at this week’s UN Conference on Population and Development to secure consensus on a robust action agenda for the world and for U.S. foreign assistance:

    1. Prioritizing U.S. investment in comprehensive reproductive health services, defined at the ICPD, including care during pregnancy and childbirth, access to contraceptives and safe abortion, and diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted infections and HIV/AIDS.

    2. Ensuring access to comprehensive sexuality education that teaches young people how to establish equality in relationships, respect the right to consent in sex and marriage, and end violence and sexual coercion.

    3. Promoting and protecting the human rights of women at the United Nations and in bilateral relations with other governments.

As Alana says, we know what to do, and as Laurie suggests, we are mobilizing effective alliances for this era of opportunity.

Click over to the salon to follow the conversation – and I’ll continue to cross-post some of it here as well.

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