Australia follows Obama, ends ban on aid to groups that provide abortions overseas.

Days after taking office, President Obama “struck down the Bush administration’s ban on giving federal money to international groups that perform abortions or provide abortion information.” Now the government of Australia is following Obama’s lead, scrapping a 13-year old policy that prevented non-government organizations from using official funds overseas to advise about abortions or provide services. After Obama lifted the ban, Australia was “the only country in the world to limit overseas aid funds” in such a way.