WASHINGTON (AP) - Abortion rights groups are already celebrating
news that President Barack Obama plans to lift the so-called
"global gag rule."
Sources say Obama will sign an executive order ending the ban on
federal funds for international groups that promote or perform
The policy has been reinstated and then reversed by Republican
and Democratic presidents since President Ronald Reagan established
it in 1984. President Bill Clinton ended the ban in 1993, but
President George W. Bush re-instituted it in 2001 as one of his
first acts in office.
Obama is expected to sign the order at a low-key event, one day
after the 36th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court ruling Roe
v. Wade that legalized abortion.
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