Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Obama's News Conference
You gotta love listening to Obama. Finally, there is a leader who speaks well and looks good. He even has a sense of humor. The most important part of the press conference for me, of course, was when he said the following (there might be some tiny difference in the original quote):
Women are in a better position to make decisions about abortion than members of Congress and the President.
Finally, a reasonable male politician who acknowledges that this is not a male issue and that men have no business legislating female bodies. At last, we are going in the right direction.
This is what Obama has done for women so far:
JANUARY 23: Overturned “global gag rule,” which will help re-fund international family-planning groups
JANUARY 29: Signed Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, restoring women’s ability to sue for pay discrimination
FEBRUARY 27: Moved to rescind the Bush administration’s “conscience” clause—which could have let health-care workers deny patients abortion and contraception
MARCH 2: With the choice of Kathleen Sebelius as Health and Human Services secretary, appointed a total of seven women to Cabinet-level positions
MARCH 6: Instituted a new ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues
MARCH 9: Lifted restrictions on stem cell research
MARCH 11: Restarted U.S. contributions to the United Nations Population Fund Reinstated low-cost birth control availability at college health centers and at some 400 clinics serving low-income women
And it's only the first 100 days. I'm expecting so much more!