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Obama overturns ban on federal funding of family planning organisations that promote abortion

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 27 January 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b320
  1. Fred Charatan
  1. 1Florida

    The new president of the United States, Barack Obama, has signed an executive order cancelling the restrictions on foreign aid from the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to international family planning programmes that offer abortion or that advocate for abortion rights.

    The restriction, first established by President Ronald Reagan in 1984, was dubbed the “global gag rule” by abortion rights groups. It was reversed by Bill Clinton in 1993 and reinstated by George W Bush in 2001. President Bush wrote in a memo to USAID: “It is my …

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