Today is the 36th anniversary of Roe v Wade and as participants in Blog for Choice Day we would like to let President Obama know our most pressing concerns:
#1 is the passage of the Freedom of Choice Act which writes a womanâ€™s right to choose into the Constitution. Obama has expressed support for it.
#2 is overturning the Hyde Amendment which bars the use of Federal funds for funding. The Hyde Amendment has a devastating impact on low income and poor
women- many consider the passage of the Hyde Amendment as having had the impact of overturning Roe because those in many ways most in need have no resources available to them.
#3 is overturning the Helms Amendment which prohibits the use of foreign assistance funds â€œfor the performance of abortion as a method of family planning or to motivate or coerce any person to practice abortions.â€ It was passed in 1973. Reversing the Global Gag Rule is very important because it will allow clinics to speak out on all forms of family planning without losing funds but it will not end the ban on foreign aid for safe abortion care.
#4 is to allow access to abortion for women serving in the military. Now they cannot even get an abortion if they use their own money! Because some countries in which our military serve outlaw abortion, military bases must provide access to all reproductive services.