Wednesday, April 29, 2009

First 100 Days for Sexual Justice

I just heard on the "Today" show that the President is liked by more than 80% of the American public.

I'm one of them. I have to confess that I still get teary when I see certain photos of the President and his family.

It's been a good -- but not perfect -- beginning for sexual justice.

Gag rule -- gone.

Ban on stem cell research -- gone.

First reduction ever in abstinence-only-until-marriage education -- done.

Last minute Bush regulations on health care providers -- on the way to being gone.

Holding, despite a great deal of pressure, to the goal of reducing the "NEED" for abortion, not efforts to make abortion more difficult to obtain.

On the other hand, family planning was the only health service stripped from the stimulus package, and oh yes, the very unbalanced Faith Based Advisory Council. And no word on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) or public promises on hate crimes.

But there is no question that we are in a different policy world than we were on January 20th. And we're grateful for this new beginning.

PS. Great common sense victory for Secretary Sebelius, despite tremendous anti-abortion groups' lobbying.

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