Recently there have been references in the media, including The Star, to the repeal by President Obama of the gag rule, i.e. lifting the restrictions on federal funding for certain international family planning groups. Some of these references have stated that those organizations “promote” abortion.
All of the last several Republican presidents have implemented the gag rule against any organization that even presents abortion as an option. There is ample evidence that ready access to family planning methods prevents abortions, and it is a pity that anti-choice folks cannot bring themselves to find common ground with pro-choice folks on that basis. It would benefit many if they would.