Obama international family planning

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A major summit is being planned for July, you want to pour money into family planning in the developing world, after nearly two decades of neglect, especially during the Bush years.

Parallel to this, millions of dollars are being spent by the Gates Foundation in the development of more efficient forms of contraception, including injections that can only be required once every six months or annually.

The executive director of the Population Fund, United Nations, Babatunde Osotimehin, an interview with the Guardian, described the summit proposals to transform family planning in a global movement as "transformational".

Family planning can be political minefield, a taboo subject that attracts opposition from a number of opponents, including American social conservatives and the Catholic Church. Widespread resistance there, too, in many Muslim countries.

Family planning was also influenced by his association with "population control" - discredited attempts by various countries to reduce their populations through coercion. There are an estimated 250 million women worldwide who need access to family planning, in the form of information and regular supply of contraceptives.

The summit, to be held in London on July 11, aims to provide access to family planning to 120 million women with an estimated cost of $ 4 billion. It is being organized by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the government department British International Development (DFID). Between 20 and 25 countries are scheduled to attend, including the U.S., India, Ethiopia, Nigeria and Tanzania.

Osotimehin, the sumit of the co-president, speaking at his office in New York, acknowledged that direct funding and political support for family planning had been reduced in the last 15 years or more, in part because of a switch of resources to combating HIV / AIDS and in part because of the social and political opposition.

The Bush administration withdrew funding in 2002 for the U.S. Population Fund United Nations stating that supported forced abortions. Administration Obama has restored America's contributions.

Despite the change of the U.S., yet there is the same tendency of family planning in many parts of the world, as it had in the 1970s and 1980s. Osotimehin, a former Minister of Health of Nigeria, sees the summit as "an opportunity to play catch-up. "

Family planning, he said, "allows women to take charge of their lives and for young people to plan their lives. It enables the woman to do what they want to do in terms of number of children who want and can afford. "

It is estimated that 40 percent of pregnancies in the developing world are unplanned.

The purpose of the meeting is to provide a better family planning in 69 of the poorest countries with low rates of contraception. Much of the $ 4 billion will come from health budgets of these countries, with the remainder coming from the Gates Foundation, DFID and other countries.

Osotimehin said: "It's about the overall planning ... what it takes to provide these facilities for women and girls around the world and really change the course of their lives. This is what will make it transformative."

Much of the disc is normally reclusive Melinda Gates. Gates Foundation, run by Melinda and her husband, is $ 34bn.

Sebelius: Obama's health reform to include a public plan option.(NEWS)(Brief article): An article from: Family Practice News
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2009-01-24 13:45:59 by SilverBar

Yes, I did read it...

...are you sure you read it carefully?
President Obama struck down a rule Friday that prohibits U.S. money from funding international family-planning clinics that promote abortion or provide counseling or referrals about abortion services.
So, we now can fund abortion clinics abroad. Intrusive, and using US money. Sounds like a double-lose to me.

2008-11-09 20:41:11 by teehee-er

*rawks out with cawk out*

Woo to the m'f'ing HOO
"The new president is also expected to lift a so-called global gag rule barring international family planning groups that receive U.S. aid from counseling women about the availability of abortion, even in countries where the procedure is legal, said Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. When Bill Clinton took office in 1993, he rescinded the Reagan-era regulation, known as the Mexico City policy, but Bush reimposed it

2009-01-23 13:12:57 by RFiveDFour


Obama to reverse GOP policy on abortions, global funding
Posted: 03:36 PM ET
By Suzanne Malveaux
CNN White House Correspondent
WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Barack Obama will issue an executive order Friday afternoon reversing a controversial abortion-related policy from the past three Republican administrations, a senior administration official said.
The order comes the day after the 36th anniversary of Roe v. Wade — the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion in the United States.
It reverses the “Mexico City policy,” initiated by President Ronald Reagan in 1984, canceled by President Bill Clinton and reinstated by President George W

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