Thursday, June 10, 2004

Day 51

From McSweeney's "Daily Reason to Dispatch Bush" DAY 51: The Bush administration has cut off all funding to the Family Planning Association of Kenya and Marie Stopes International-Kenya, because these groups provide safe abortion services and post-abortion care. On June 3rd it was reported that seven Kenyan clinics have closed down as result of the cuts in funding. Most of the clinics are located in slums or rural areas, and were depended on for other services including immunization, vitamin supplements, and treatment for malaria and STDs. It was estimated that 1,560 people were served every day by three of the clinics; others functioned as training sites for doctors and nurses. Since the Mexico City rules were implemented by the Bush administration in 2001, the U.S. is prohibited to financially aid organizations offering abortion services. Funding has been cut by over $35 million. At the same time, unsafe abortions and maternal mortality rates have increased in Kenya. (Source: Arthur Okwemba, "Clinics Close Over Abortion," Daily Nation, Kenya, 6/3/04. Maggie Fox, "U.S. Abortion Policy Hits Clinics Abroad," Reuters, 9/24/03. "The Impact of the Global Gag Rule," Planned Parenthood Federation of America, 7/1/03, see article at: www.plannedparenthood.org.)

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