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April-20-04

Leading Womens Groups Grade Bush Administration

One week before the March for Women's Lives, leading women's groups released a scorecard grading the Bush Administration on issues affecting women around the world, finding the Bush Administration long on rhetoric but falling far short on reality. In announcing the grade of "C" for rhetoric and "F" for reality on international family planning and the global gag rule, Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority, asserted that the Bush administrations international family planning policies such as the global gag rule are "desperately injuring the poorest women in developing nations." "Despite pledges that the US supports international family planning, President Bush has placed ideological restrictions on these programs and backed away from established international agreements that protect women and childrens health," said Smeal

Regarding the international womens treaty (CEDAW), June Zeitlin, executive director of WEDO, said, Despite public pledges to support womens rights globally, the Bush Administration has not endorsed the CEDAW treaty for the rights of women or other international commitments to womens human rights, resulting in a grade of C for rhetoric and F for reality.

Jodi Jacobson, executive director of CHANGE, asserted that most of the money spent on HIV/AIDS is going to abstinence only until marriage programs leaving people with no access to condoms and other means to protect themselves. The Bush Administration also received a D for rhetoric and an F for reality for its withholding of UNFPA funding because the Administration has overruled its own experts who investigated and cleared China of abuses in its UNFPA programs and still withheld the $34 million that Congress appropriated for this critical UN family planning fund.

The Feminist Majority, Womens Environment and Development Organization (WEDO), Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE), and the Communications Consortium Media Center (CCMC) previously released scorecards on the Bush Administration and global womens issues in March, November, and August.

LEARN MORE Read the full Global Womens Issues Scorecard on the Bush Administration

LEARN MORE Click here to read women's narratives about barriers or successes in accessing reproductive health and family planning services.

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Media Resources: Feminist Majority; Global Womens Issues Scorecard on the Bush Administration