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Lift of Global Gag Rule Signifies End of Ideologically Driven AIDS Agenda

Cambridge, Mass - 01/23/2009

(Cambridge, Mass.) PHR commends President Barack Obama for lifting the Mexico City Policy, also known as the Global Gag Rule, by Executive Order on January 23.

Said PHR CEO Frank Donaghue, "Lifting the Global Gag Rule is a major victory for women's health and for human rights around the world. The Global Gag Rule has eroded family planning and reproductive health services in developing countries, even as maternal and infant mortality remains shockingly high in many countries. This policy change, made in the first week of Barack Obama's presidency, signals a shift away from the ideologically driven health policies of the Bush Administration and ushers in new hope for women's human right to health worldwide.”

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) is a New York-based advocacy organization that uses science and medicine to stop mass atrocities and severe human rights violations. Learn more here.

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