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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MARCH 5, 2001
12 PM
CONTACT:  Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

Upcoming FAIR Events:
Los Angeles: It's the Media Stupid;
New York: The Global Gag Rule
 
NEW YORK - March 5 - LOS ANGELES:
IT'S THE MEDIA, STUPID

A discussion with:

--John Nichols, columnist for The Nation & editorial page editor of The Capitol Times
--Bob McChesney, author of "Rich Media, Poor Democracy: Communication Politics in Dubious Times"

Friday, March 9, 6:00 PM
Midnight Special Bookstore
1318 3rd St. Promenade
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 393-2923


--NEW YORK:
THE GLOBAL GAG RULE:
Abortion, Free Speech & the Press

a talk by

--Katherine Hall Martinez, Center for Reproductive Law and Policy
--Jennifer L. Pozner, FAIR Women's Desk Director.

Thursday, March 15, 6:30 PM
Housing Works Used Book Cafe
126 Crosby St (between Prince and Houston), New York
Free and open to the public.

Each year, 78,000 women die from unsafe abortions. One of George W. Bush's first acts as president was to reimpose the "global gag rule" on U.S. foreign aid. Though the White House claimed-- and many news reports uncritically repeated-- that the rule would only prevent U.S. aid from directly funding abortion abroad, in fact such funding has been banned since 1973. The gag rule goes much further, preventing foreign NGOs that receive U.S. family planning aid from using their own funds to provide abortions,advocate for abortion law reform, or even educate the public about abortion. The rule's chilling effect on free speech is so great that some foreign health care providers will no longer speak publicly about the dangers of restricting abortion. Join FAIR for a discussion of the implications the gag rule has for free speech, both at home and abroad, and of its under-reported impact on women's lives.

Katherine Hall Martinez is Deputy Director of the Center for Reproductive Law and Policy's International Program. Her work focuses on U.S. foreign policy issues and the United Nations, approaching reproductive rights from a comparative legal and international human rights perspective.

Jennifer L. Pozner is Director of FAIR's Women's Desk. Pozner is also a columnist for Sojourner, and has written for a variety of publications including Salon.com and the Women's Review of Books.

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