Sherrod Brown’s not letting me down.
I got an email yesterday from my Senator (or likely his staff) in response to an email I sent him about my desire to support the Global Democracy Promotion Act. Why do I love my Senator? Because he said the following:
Dear Mr. Frame:
Thank you for expressing your support for removing the restrictive “Global Gag Rule” as a condition for family planning services funding.
The “Gag Rule” signed into law in 2001 prohibits U.S. funds from being used by international groups to pay for abortions, or to engage in advocacy activities, including making public statements about abortion law or policy.
The global gag rule denies the right of free speech to international organizations working abroad, and its expansion threatens the lives of millions of women by denying them access to vital public health services. It is unfair and unwise for the U.S. to force international family planning clinics to choose between desperately needed U.S. funding and abortion counseling services.
On September 6, 2007, the U.S. Senate voted 53-41 to pass an amendment to the FY2008 Foreign Operations Bill that would overturn the “Global Gag Rule.” I voted with the majority on this issue.
I oppose the “Gag Rule” policy, as well as any reductions in funding for international family planning and reproductive health services. The only way to reduce the number of abortions worldwide is to reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies, and the most effective way to accomplish this goal is through voluntary family planning. Thank you again for contacting me.