Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Australian Abortion aid ban lifted

The Australian Federal Government has overturned rules that ban overseas aid funding being used for abortions.

In 1996 the Howard government banned Australia's overseas development funding from being used in health programs involving terminations.

Prime Minister Rudd said he was personally not in support of the change. Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young says the move was long overdue.

"Australia, until this morning, was the last country who had these ridiculous, archaic, inhumane restrictions placed on our aid funding and support," she said.

"What we now see is Australia has stepped up in line with Barack Obama, who in his very first week as President moved to ensure that these restrictions would be lifted."

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