Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The Obama administration and family planning

Mary Jane Gallagher, President and CEO of the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association, has an interesting piece up today at RH Reality Check; it's an election round-up, and some words about the incoming Obama administration and its anticipated family planning policies:

"Last Tuesday we finally got what we've all been waiting for: a fundamental shift in the way the United States looks at family planning. The election confirms what Americans have known for years -- that family planning services are essential to our well-being. We are happy to be working with the Obama transition team to knock down the barriers that have for too long blocked families from exercising their reproductive rights. The American voters sent a clear message; it is time to move past the Bush administration's ideological anti-family planning policies to pragmatic solutions. Now we have the government to do it....

... For family planning providers and advocates around the country, Obama's election represents an enormous victory, and we are hopeful that the coming days and years will provide numerous opportunities to work with the new administration to increase access to family planning services for low-income and uninsured women and men..."

1 Comments:

At November 13, 2008 at 3:45 PM , Blogger Roscoe said...

Just a quick note:

The American voters have not in fact, and as much as liberals would like to think, sent a clear message that "it is time to move past the Bush administration's ideological anti-family planning policies to pragmatic solutions." A clear message is a landslide, and when the popular vote was only split by a margin of 4%, I would hardly call it a CLEAR message. Granted there are really good arguments for moving past blah blah blah, I'm not saying that. Just don't call what is in my opinion a clearly divided country's vote for one policy a "clear message". That is all

 

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