U.S. Department of State
U.S. Department of State
Other State Department Archive SitesU.S. Department of State
U.S. Department of State
U.S. Department of State
U.S. Department of State
U.S. Department of State
U.S. Department of State
U.S. Department of State
Home Issues & Press Travel & Business Countries Youth & Education Careers About State Video
 You are in: Under Secretary for Democracy and Global Affairs > Office of International Women's Issues > Remarks > 2001-2005 International Women's Issues Remarks

Letter to The New York Times

April Palmerlee, Senior Coordinator for International Women's Issues
Washington, DC
January 21, 2003

To The Editor:

Re “The War Against Women” (editorial, Jan. 12): The Administration’s commitment to women is grounded on President Bush’s recognition of the “essential human dignity attached to all persons.”

The United States spends billions of dollars on women’s health in developing countries. Last year, we spent $850 million on maternal and child health care and on family planning assistance; pledged $500 million on the global initiative to end mother-to-child H.I.V. transmission; gave $500 million to the Global Fund for AIDS; and devoted hundreds of millions more on food, vaccinations and shelter.

We also champion compassionate alternatives to abortion, while remaining committed to funding family planning assistance. In all these ways we seek, as the President has said, to “affirm a culture of hope and help ensure a brighter future for all.”

April W. Palmerlee
Washington, Jan. 21, 2003


Released on January 29, 2003

  Back to top

U.S. Department of State
USA.govU.S. Department of StateUpdates  |   Frequent Questions  |   Contact Us  |   Email this Page  |   Subject Index  |   Search
The Office of Electronic Information, Bureau of Public Affairs, manages this site as a portal for information from the U.S. State Department. External links to other Internet sites should not be construed as an endorsement of the views or privacy policies contained therein.
About state.gov  |   Privacy Notice  |   FOIA  |   Copyright Information  |   Other U.S. Government Information

Published by the U.S. Department of State Website at http://www.state.gov maintained by the Bureau of Public Affairs.