Today the U.S. Senate moved on permanently removing the Global Gag Order (which as we all know is a big ole’ fuck you to the rest of the world). News Link Here
This is good news. I hope they permanently ban this rule which is totally lame and uber-unethical.
And the House Appropriations Committee (which oversees and approves all fiscal spending and budgets by the federal government – a very powerful and influential committee) just rejected an amendment to the federal appropriations bill for the Fiscal Year 2010 that would have enabled the continuance of a ban on using local funds to help low-income women in Washington, DC access abortion services. This is a good thing. The ban was a hurtful example of punishing U.S. citizens in the name of partisan politics.
And though Governor “Doucheface” Brewer just requested federal funding for AZ’s abstinence only programs (i know, i know, it doesn’t make sense, why take away reproductive healthcare AND sex education? It’s like a catch-22), this morning, the House Appropriations Committee’s subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education (Labor HHS) eliminated traditional sources of funding for abstinence-only programs by passing the appropriations bill for the Fiscal Year 2010. News Link Here
In addition to pulling the plug on funding for failed abstinence-only sex education programs, the bill eliminates a ban on syringe exchange programs, which have been proven to be a highly effective strategy for preventing HIV.
The bill will now face a vote in the House Appropriations Committee and in the full House of Representatives. So we’ll see how it goes but at least they are fucking talking about this shit. You can contact your elected representative at the house’s website to urge them approve the bill.
here’s a link to the full bill (H.R. 1105)