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The U.S. Senate passed an amendment by Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME) that would repeal the Global Gag Rule on international family planning assistance.

AFRICA -- The U.S. Senate passed an amendment by Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME) that would repeal the Global Gag Rule on international family planning assistance. The vote was 52-46. This is particularly important in Africa, where AIDS has run rampant, and the Gag Rule prevented many clinics from being eligible for U.S. aid.

"We are a country that believes in fairness, democracy, free speech, and improving the health and lives of people all over the world," Boxer said. "But instead of promoting these values, the Global Gag Rule enforces a dangerous code of silence."

"We cannot allow the abortion debate to undermine our humanitarian efforts," said Snowe. "Voluntary family planning can prevent maternal and child deaths, unintended pregnancies, unsafe abortions, and HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases. Additionally, restricting funds to organizations that provide a wide range of safe and effective family-planning services has the perverse effect of bringing about more abortions, not fewer."
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Title Annotation:AFRICA
Author:Feliciano, Ray
Publication:The Informed Constituent (Albany, NY)
Date:Apr 1, 2005
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