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Policy & Politics

Efforts to Repeal U.S. Health Care Bill Could Scale Back Reproductive Services Abroad

February 11, 2011

"As part of his repeal effort [of the U.S. health overhaul bill], House speaker John Boehner [R-Ohio] is intent on reintroducing the 'global gag' rule," officially known as the Mexico City policy, Michael Williams of the University of London writes in a Guardian "Comment is free" article, where he argues the policy limits access to reproductive services. "The global gag rule undermines America's HIV/AIDS policy, it risks the lives of countless women and it undermines a core American value -- the freedom of speech. Women should have access to a wide variety of family planning and health counselling that should include everything from abstinence to abortion. To argue otherwise, given the evidence at hand, is not just reprehensible; it is immoral" (2/9).

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