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Statement released after the President rescinds “Mexico City Policy”

January 29, 2009 • Daily Email Recap

Thanks to Ralph Risch for this link.
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It is clear that the provisions of the Mexico City Policy are unnecessarily broad and unwarranted under current law, and for the past eight years, they have undermined efforts to promote safe and effective voluntary family planning in developing countries. For these reasons, it is right for us to rescind this policy and restore critical efforts to protect and empower women and promote global economic development.

For too long, international family planning assistance has been used as a political wedge issue, the subject of a back and forth debate that has served only to divide us. I have no desire to continue this stale and fruitless debate.

For full article, visit:
http://www.whitehouse.gov/statement


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