Moving Forward After the Election

Friday, November 16, 2012

We congratulate President Barack Obama on his re-election, and we look forward to continuing our work with his administration to protect safe abortion for women in the United States and around the world. With the passage of the Affordable Care Act and the repeal of the Global Gag Rule, the President made important progress for reproductive health and rights during his first term. We are optimistic that his administration will continue to promote sexual and reproductive rights at home and abroad for the next four years, secure contraceptive coverage in the new health-care law and ensure that any future nominees to the U.S. Supreme Court will protect the right to privacy. Globally, we can count on strong leadership in international arenas, ensuring that reproductive health continues to play a pivotal role in U.S. foreign policy, including global health strategy. 


We hope the Obama Administration will continue to support adequate funding for vital discretionary programs for domestic and international family planning, despite fiscal constraints.  We also hope for review of restrictions on U.S. foreign aid that make it difficult for women in developing countries to access safe abortions as allowed by law in their own countries.  We would like to see the United States fully in line with international consensus on governments’ obligations to support safe abortion where it is legal and thereby protect the health and lives of women who are often vulnerable and in desperate circumstances when faced with an unwanted pregnancy.

The future looks bright. We hope the President will continue to effect the change, hope and progress on which he ran his campaigns.