Over the next few days, we have an opportunity to help set the direction of US policy on international family planning for years to come. We need your help to pass a permanent repeal of the Global Gag Rule – a policy that undermined family planning programs throughout the developing world.

President Obama overturned the odious policy early in his term, but because of the politically charged nature of the gag rule, the risk remains that a future President could reinstate it just as easily.

By December 18th, Congress has vowed to approve parts of the FY 2010 budget, including the sections outlining rules for funding international family planning. The Senate version of the spending bill contains an amendment offered by Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) permanently barring a future President from unilaterally imposing the Global Gag Rule.

We need your help to convince Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to support the inclusion of this language in the final spending bill. A permanent repeal of the Global Gag Rule would have an enormous impact on the lives and health of millions around the world.

I encourage you to again exercise your leadership and support the inclusion of the Lautenberg Amendment barring a future imposition of the Global Gag Rule in the FY 2010 appropriations bill. As you know, the Global Gag Rule is a harmful policy that undermines reproductive health and family planning programs throughout the developing world.

Please take a moment and send an email to Speaker Pelosi letting her know how vitally important it is to pass this legislation and protect access to family planning.

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