Abortion Establishment Presents Obama With
is one of the most politically perilous issues any new
administration has to deal with. But there's some good news on
this front for President-elect Obama: He may face lower
expectations from abortion-rights backers than some of his
Introduction to "Advocates Want Bush Abortion Policies
Reversed," a piece by Julie Rovner that aired last night on
NPR's "All Things Considered."
"What advocates were less eager to share with
the public is the detailed roadmap included in the document for
the changes in policy needed to improve reproductive health for
women both here and abroad. Several advocates cited concerns
that the administration would be criticized as doing the bidding
of reproductive health community if it made use of the specific
legal reasoning outlined in the document."
From Emily Douglas's blog entry yesterday on
the pro-abortion website, Rhrealitycheck.org, alluding to a
55-page wish list submitted to the Obama transition team by an
alliance of PPFA, NARAL, and about 50 other pro-abortion groups.
Apparently, the coalition did not expect the Obama team to post
their grab bag on Obama's http://change.gov website.
I know my first reaction should be anger. But
I confess that because pro-abortionists' contempt for truth is
matched only by the transparent insincerity of their cover
stories, my first response is often a kind of stunned
Nothing against Ms. Rovner. The narrative of
her piece reflects the for public consumption mantra of the
Abortion Establishment. Nothing here but us moderates eager to
change the "tone" of the abortion debate and quite willing,
perhaps, not to "press for more sweeping changes that would take
legislative action by Congress," as Rovner described it.
Wow, talk about hands across the water. All
the likes of PPFA and NARAL (supposedly) want is, say, an
executive order ending the Mexico City policy. (For newcomers,
this is an executive order that denies federal "family planning"
funds to private organizations that promote abortion in foreign
That's the public face of the usual suspects.
What did they say in the aforementioned 55-page memo which,
according to Douglas, they hadn't intended "to go public"?
They begin by asking for the sky, the moon,
and the stars in the first 100 days. Then, over the next 1,300
days, they ask for the solar system, the galaxy, the universe,
and, for good measure, any parallel universes that might exist.
(Before I forget, helpful as ever, they even provided specific
suggested language for presidential memorandums and the like.)
Striving, as they are, for moderation, all
they want (to give just a sampling) is everything from the
previously mentioned executive order, to funding the United
Nations Population Fund (which has been an aider and an abettor
of China's forced abortion and involuntarily sterilization
policies), to health care "reform" that weaves abortion into
every nook and cranny of the system, to the obliteration of
those pesky conscience clauses, to an assurance that all
evidence demonstrating abortion's aftershocks on women is
suppressed (this is called "Reestablish[ing] a standard of
excellence for federal appointees"), to the nomination of
exclusively pro-abortion judges and justices, payment for
abortions of all Medicaid-eligible women, and an all-purpose
"Improve Access to Abortion Care," which includes passing the
egregiously mis-labeled "Freedom of Choice Act" (FOCA), which is
better described as the "Federal No-Limits-On-Abortion" bill
and/or the "Freedom for Partial-Birth Abortionists Act."
How much more "moderate" can you get than
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