U.S. President Barack Obama has signed an executive order that effectively reverses the funding policy that was reinstated by President George W. Bush in 2001. That policy stated that international family planning clinics that wanted to receive funding from the U.S. could not counsel women about getting abortions or offer the procedure as part of its services.
The move is being hailed by some women's groups, who said that family planning and access to abortion services should be about health and not a political issue. President Obama has stated publicly that he supports a woman's right to choose, and that he advocates better education and improved access to contraceptives to reduce the number of unplanned pregnancies.
Not surprisingly, Republicans are not in favor of Obama's decision. Rep. Tom Price, R-Georgia, said in a written statement, "Not even waiting a week, the new administration has acted to funnel U.S. tax dollars to abortion providers overseas."