Progressive Orgs Condemn House Approval of Global Gag Rule
In a narrow 218-210 vote, the House yesterday voted to uphold Bush’s “Global Gag Rule,” which prohibits overseas NGOs that provide abortion information, counseling, or referral from receiving much needed US funds. Civil rights, human rights, and women’s rights organizations have expressed outrage at the policy, which would be an unconstitutional violation of free speech within the United States. American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Director Laura W. Murphy stated, “It is unfortunate that the House has allowed President Bush to export an undemocratic policy he would be prohibited from imposing within the borders of the United States.” Rep. Nita M. Lowey (D-NY) echoed those sentiments, calling the vote “a really tragic day for democracy.” “It’s not about abortion,” Lowey said, “It’s about us imposing on others laws we wouldn’t impose on ourselves.”
Feminist Majority Foundation President Eleanor Smeal stated, “Remember that more than 70,000 girls and women die from botched illegal abortions yearly in developing countries…and we’re preventing medical experts from even debating the issue.” Gloria Feldt, President of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America accused the Bush administration of “[attempting] to impose a narrow political debate on other countries.”
1/27/2016 Taiwan Elects First Woman President - In a landslide victory, the leader of Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Tsai Ing-wen won the country's presidential election, becoming the first woman in Taiwan's history to hold the position.
Emphasizing her party's commitment to maintaining Taiwan's independence from China, Tsai won over young voters eager to usher in a political changing of the guard following some 70 years of dominance by the pro-Chinese unification party, the Kuomintang (KMT), chaired by presidential opponent Eric Chu. . . .