Obama to Repeal “Global Gag Rule”

President Obama broke with a presidential tradition yesterday: the changing of U.S. reproductive policy on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Unlike his two predecessors, Obama did not use the occasion to alter American reproductive policy, but he does plan to issue an executive order restoring U.S. funding to international planning groups involved with abortions now that the anniversary is over. The so-called “global gag rule” was first instated by Reagan, repealed by Clinton, reinstated by Bush, and now re-repealed by Obama.