Thursday, December 20, 2007

When Ideology Controls Funding

A sad bit of news, from the AP:

Unable to override a promised veto, Democrats have backed down on their insistence that the 2008 foreign aid budget reverse President Bush's ban on providing aid to family planning groups abroad that offer abortions.

A measure to ease restrictions on international aid was stripped this weekend from a $500 billion-plus government-wide spending bill, which includes some $3 billion for the State Department and foreign aid programs.

This has to stop. I was hoping that when the Democrats took control of congress, they would be able to reverse some of the damage that had been done by allowing backward ideology impact where our foreign aid dollars go. When are people going to realize that these organizations which - *gasp* - provide abortions are some of the most effective in making sure that women have access to much needed reproductive health care, to birth control, to aid for their children and to the means to prevent the transmission of STDs - including AIDS? But rather than giving these people the funds that they need to go out and do important work, our government would rather give the money to people who think condoms have gigantic holes in them and birth control pills are the work of the devil. And philosophers think that people are rational. Ha!

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