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Obama’s 1st Week Draws Praise from Family Planning Groups

January 26, 2009

Nashville, TN – In his first few days in office, President Barrack Obama issued key executive orders changing eight years of Bush administration policy. One was overturning the global gag rule which restricted information and services for millions of women worldwide on critical basic health services. Keri Adams, vice president of Planned Parenthood of Middle and East Tennessee, says that, once again, health care providers will be able to inform women of their full range of reproductive health care options.

"It's a signal to the rest of the world that the U.S. can once again be a leader in the fight for equal access, rights and freedom especially related to health care. "

At the Tennessee statehouse, Adams says, there's also been a shift. New House Speaker Kent Williams announced he wants to quickly pass a stalled measure to restrict access to abortion in the state. Adams says she's hoping President Obama's move will impact state policy, as well.

"We want to use that momentum to try to make sure that we are able to preserve access to basic health care services, like low-cost family planning and abortion services for the women in Tennessee. "

According to Adams, the Obama administration can be expected to make additional changes in previous policies so as to increase access to affordable birth control, increase funding for family planning and comprehensive sex education, and health care for all Americans.

Dick Layman, Public News Service - TN