Bush urged to lift cash ban to groups offering abortionBMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7287.636/c (Published 17 March 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:636
- Sara Pennington
Family planning organisations are calling on the US president, George Bush, to lift his “global gag rule” restricting reproductive health services in developing countries; this call comes after a study found that women run a 1 in 65 risk of dying in pregnancy and childbirth.
The report, released on International Women's Day, shows that women in developing countries are 33 times more likely to die of reproductive, health related causes than women in industrialised nations.
The study's findings fuelled protests last week by agencies threatened with cutbacks to their activities after President Bush reinstated a rule prohibiting the use of US …