Sometimes I am very proud of the UK Department for International Development (full disclosure: I am on sabbatical leave from DFID). Today is one of those days. Sarah Bosely in the Guardian today:
The British government will today publicly defy the United States by giving money for safe abortion services in developing countries to organisations that have been cut off from American funding. …
The "global gag" rule, as it has become known, was imposed by President George Bush in 2001. It requires any organisation applying for US funds to sign an undertaking not to counsel women on abortion – other than advising against it – or provide abortion services.
The UK will today become the founder donor of a fund set up specifically to attempt to replace the lost dollars and increase safe abortion services.
Update: BBC has the story here