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The Rudd government decided to end the ban on foreign aid for family planning which included options for abortion or abortion talk.

This concluded a repulsive deal made under the Howard government for a senate vote (ta-ta Harradine), and some ties with the Bush government and anti-choice lobbyists. The ban was aimed providing less reproductive choice to women in aid-recipient countries than those of us in Australia have. President Obama lifted the ban immediately upon election in the United States and Australia seemed slow off the mark in comparison. Perhaps our new Labor government was courting yet another anti-choice lunatic in the senate (hi there Fielding)?

But credit where credit is due, the Rudd government has made things right, finally. Though of course our foreign aid contribution is still pitiful.

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