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  1. Lauren
    Lauren November 11, 2008 at 6:05 pm |

    President Bush reinstated the Global Gag Rule on his first day in office eight years ago. If he’s smart, and he is, Obama will overturn it on his first day in office.

    It’ll be like an eight-year-old call-and-response.

  2. rawdawgbuffalo
    rawdawgbuffalo November 11, 2008 at 8:13 pm |

    Well, no matter whats going on now, the economy is number 1, and he will be basically taking over after eight years of a drunken fraternity party

  3. falloch
    falloch November 11, 2008 at 8:17 pm |

    If, fingers crossed, Obama does rescind the Global Gag Rule, we all need to write and congratulate him. In fact, every good move he makes, we need to support him through emails, phonecalls, letters, etc. We also need to call him out when he does something we’re not happy with, but I really believe positive reinforcement will go a long way here, and goes along with the temper of most of his campaign. If we’re vocal in supporting him, then when we criticize we’ve also got more traction.

  4. Marianne
    Marianne November 11, 2008 at 9:16 pm |

    I hope hope hope these predictions are true. I’m definitely on board for writing him when he kicks ass.

  5. Abby
    Abby November 11, 2008 at 9:26 pm |

    Absolutely. I’m very, very pleased about this. And Falloch, thanks for bringing that up – I look forward to giving President Obama major kudos when he repeals the Gag Rule.

  6. PseudoAdrienne
    PseudoAdrienne November 11, 2008 at 10:40 pm |

    It would be a nice belated Christmas gift. However for the thousands-upon-thousands of women– and their families– abroad, it means becoming an informed, active agent in one’s reproductive health decisions, and ultimately their destinies.

  7. Xyre » Change We Can Believe In
    Xyre » Change We Can Believe In November 11, 2008 at 11:02 pm |

    [...] women that they can get an abortion, even in places where abortion is legal. This rule has caused untold damage to women and families the world round. And yes, reversing this rule must be only one part of a comprehensive strategy to [...]

  8. SunlessNick
    SunlessNick November 11, 2008 at 11:06 pm |

    Yeah. Overturning this death law would be a good way to start his time in office.

  9. Caren
    Caren November 12, 2008 at 1:26 am |

    I remember waking up the day after Bill Clinton had be inaugurated. When he repealed the gag rule and allowed stem cell research among others. It was like waking up in a sci-fi tale.

    I’m so looking forward to waking up in Obama’s America.

  10. Jeannette
    Jeannette November 12, 2008 at 1:34 am |

    I won’t even know what to do with myself when we finally have a president who has respect for basic human rights/doesn’t have policies based in mythology and craziness…

  11. RyanRutley
    RyanRutley November 12, 2008 at 3:29 am |

    I’m 100% in favour a massive outpouring of props to President Obama *swoon* if (when!) he overturns the gag rule, but why wait? Why not get on it now?

    “Dear President-elect Obama,

    I’m writing to express my undying delight that, not only have you been elected to the highest office in the nation, you also plan to overturn the Global Gag Rule on your first day in office. This act of compassion and moral courage has shown the world that you are ready on day one to show the leadership America and our world needs in a time of change.

    May you continue to be a beacon of wisdom and hope throughout your many prosperous and idyllic years in office.

    For the great good,
    [your name]”

    Ok, that may be a bit purple, but I say if we set the expectations really really high, he’ll strive to live up to them. If we thank him in advance, he’ll _have_ to do it right away.

  12. Kristen from MA
    Kristen from MA November 12, 2008 at 11:12 am |

    Thanks falloch and RyanRutley for the idea. And thanks again RR for the text (I did change it a little bit).

    If anyone else is interested, here is the link to email Obama:

    http://change.gov/page/s/contact

  13. Dan M
    Dan M November 12, 2008 at 2:42 pm |

    What should be done:

    Step 1: Issue the executive order to rescind the rule. We’re talking executive order here, right, not law?

    Step 2: Have Congress pass an actual law so that this issue isn’t subject only to executive order! Stopping at having the President make the policy isn’t enough. That’s what has resulted in the seesawing back and forth as presidential parties change. If it’s that important, it should be a law.

  14. Breakup Girl » Obabies!
    Breakup Girl » Obabies! November 12, 2008 at 3:43 pm |

    [...] of a baby-worthy world, perhaps even a tossing of condoms to the wind (especially now that we may no longer need to hoard them). Abstinence, schmabstinence, [...]

  15. RyanRutley
    RyanRutley November 13, 2008 at 5:51 am |

    Kisten: I didn’t expect anybody to actually use it, but I’m glad I was helpful. And yes, I expect that you would *cough* “refine” it a bit before sending.

  16. FIA » some recent things of interest/citeva stiri recente

    [...] Obama Expected to Overturn Global Gag Rule —– 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. [...]

  17. digg » Blog Archive » 2009 Predictions for the Women’s Rights Movement

    [...] States will offer a renewed focus on gender based violence in areas such as the Congo and the Global Gag Rule will be reversed. I hope that there will be more aid dollars going to women and children’s causes abroad and [...]

  18. Ten Reasons To Look Forward to the Obama Presidency | ProudProgressive

    [...] No more “global gag rule” restricting US funding to family planning groups that even mention [...]

  19. Hope For Women « But I Could Be Wrong
    Hope For Women « But I Could Be Wrong January 17, 2009 at 1:54 pm |

    [...] it looks like Obama will begin correcting these wrongs.  He’s set to overturn the Global Gag Rule: The Global Gag Rule literally kills thousands and thousands of women every year by putting already [...]

  20. Blogger on the Cast Iron Balcony » Blog Archive » Blog for Choice Day

    [...] that we’ve seen the inaugration ceremony in the US, my thoughts turn to the Global Gag Rule and the associated restrictions on sexual health providers which are causing so much suffering [...]

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