Obama has lifted the ban prohibiting U.S. money from funding international family planning groups that promote abortion or provide information, counseling or referrals about abortion services. Notice that the ban affected far more than abortion; it kept funds from groupgs that just provided information about aboriton services.
The group Population Action International praised Obama’s move, saying in a statement that it will “save women’s lives around the world.”
“Family planning should not be a political issue; it’s about basic health care and well-being for women and children,” it said. “Women’s health has been severely impacted by the cutoff of assistance. President Obama’s actions will help reduce the number of unintended pregnancies, abortions and women dying from high-risk pregnancies because they don’t have access to family planning.”
Reagan put the first ban in place; Clinton lifted it and W reinstated it. Not only has women’s health been impacted, but there has got to have been a considerable cost in the infrastructure built up to provide health services to women.
The suffering caused by past governments does not quickly go away.