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January 28, 2009

Senate Backs Obama's Swift Action to Repeal the Global Gag Rule, But Anti-Choice Lawmakers Continue Their Attacks

Washington, D.C. – Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, issued the following statement regarding the Senate's resounding defeat of an amendment to the SCHIP reauthorization bill that would have reinstated the global gag rule and enshrined the anti-choice Bush policy into permanent law. Following President Obama's decisive repeal of the global gag rule during his first week in office, pro-choice senators showed strong support for his action, voting against the amendment, 60-37.

"We applaud the Senate's defeat of a divisive amendment to re-impose a policy that denies birth control to the world's poorest women. This shows that a majority of senators understand that Americans are tired of the antagonistic politics of the past.

"Unfortunately, anti-choice politicians continue to be relentless in their attacks on women's reproductive health. House Minority Leader John Boehner's attacks on birth control in the economic-recovery package earlier this week are a clear sign that he has not received the message that Americans are tired of these divisive affronts. Anti-choice politicians should know that we will continue to leverage the power of our activists both to support pro-choice policies like President Obama's repeal of the global gag rule and to fight efforts to block women's access to affordable birth control here at home."

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