so many things to be undone…

Ah yes, back to politics.  

A few weeks ago I wrote about a new rule that W squeezed in that could make it much harder for a woman to terminate a pregnancy even if her health was threatened or her life in danger. This is especially true for women with fewer resources and limited access to quality medical information and services. 

I questioned whether Obama would be up for the challenge of undoing this new broader “rule of conscience” so soon into his administration, given the controversial nature of abortion as well as other issues that will be perceived as more pressing. Today the Wall Street Journal reported that the Obama transition team is not only evaluating this new rule, which is set to be issued this week, but “considering how and when to undo it.”  

Obama is also reportedly considering potential action on a list of other related health and scientific issues, including lifting the ban on funding restrictions for embry.onic stem ce.ll research, restoring federal funding to the UN population program for family planning, and ending the “global gag rule” on agencies providing abortion-related services and advocacy if they receive U.S. aid for family planning (historical note: Clinton’s first move in office was to overturn Reagan’s rule, which was reinstated by W just as quickly).  

These steps are encouraging. The rest will not be a cakewalk though. No doubt any effort to legislate women’s rights will result in a bipartisan war on “family values.” But the focus on prevention and access to services for women’s health is a step in the right direction. Maybe we will actually crawl our way of the dark ages…

Oh, and don’t even get me started on environmental regulations. That could be a whole blog in itself…

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~ by luna on December 16, 2008.

5 Responses to “so many things to be undone…”

  1. I’m sorry Luna, but your blog is way down on my list – I still need to put into effect Mel’s advice to reorganize it – and so I seem to always be behind. I’m just catching up today.

    Thanks for the political links. I think we see them the same way. As an DE recipient, I hate that we pay so much for eggs. It isn’t a gift, it is a purchase. Not that they shouldn’t be compensated, but it is just too much. That said, I would gladly pay it to get a kid. I suppose the world of adoption is the same.

    Congrats on the blogoversary!

    It was also great to read about your first adoption correspondence with a first mom! Wow!!! I hope it works out the best for all of you.

  2. I can hardly wait for W and his ban of thieves and incompetents to leave.

  3. Three cheers for reason and rational thinking! Three cheers for treating women like human beings and providing them with health care options based on science and compassion!

    And three cheers for Luna. 🙂

  4. It’s going to be such a necessary distraction to undo all that should not have been done in the first place!

  5. […] he took the oath, I was pleased to hear that he already had a team of people looking into the challenging the rules.  Different lawsuits filed by several states and non-governmental organizations also challenge […]

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