AJWS Encouraged by Obama Move to Rescind Global Gag Rule
“President Obama’s decision to roll back the global gag rule is a victory for all who believe that the only way to stop the spread of HIV and reduce rates of maternal mortality is to set aside ideology and politics in order to provide NGOs on the frontlines with the resources they need to continue their important work,” said
The ban, known as the global gag rule because it extended to organizations that advocated for the lifting of abortion restrictions, was originally enacted by President
By beginning to fund a wide range of family planning providers again, the U.S. can help provide women with contraceptive supplies and reproductive healthcare that will reduce the need and number of unsafe abortions and decrease rates of maternal mortality. Messinger believes that Obama’s move should be considered the first step in a shift towards evidence-based policy in the area of HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment and the reduction of maternal mortality.
“The new administration is off to a great start, but more needs to be done,” Messinger said. “We look forward to continued progress by the administration in shaping HIV/AIDS and family planning policy that empowers our partners in the field to implement programs reflecting the unique realities in their countries and their communities.
“Ultimately, an approach that enables true partnership with NGOs and community leaders in the developing world will ensure a much better return on our government’s significant investment in fighting the global HIV and AIDS pandemic and improving lives of women around the world.”
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American Jewish World Service (AJWS) is an international development organization motivated by Judaism’s imperative to pursue justice. AJWS is dedicated to alleviating poverty, hunger and disease among the people of the developing world regardless of race, religion or nationality. Through grants to grassroots organizations, volunteer service, advocacy and education, AJWS fosters civil society, sustainable development and human rights for all people, while promoting the values and responsibilities of global citizenship within the Jewish community.
SOURCE American Jewish World Service