Barack Obama will likely revoke a controversial Bush administration rule on abortion within days of taking office, sources tell CNN. The policy, dubbed the "global gag rule" by critics, denies all US funding to family-planning services around the world that promote abortion or make any mention of abortion while giving information, counseling or referrals.
The policy was introduced by Ronald Reagan but reversed by Bill Clinton within days of taking office. It was reinstated in 2001 by President Bush in his first executive order. Thursday marks the 36th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion, and Democrats believe Obama may use the occasion to reverse the Bush rule.