Massive March on Washington Celebrates
Orders Funds to Pro-Abortion Groups;
WASHINGTON (February 4, 2009)—As one of his first official acts, President Barack Obama signed an order to direct U.S. funds to organizations that perform and promote abortion overseas.
In a “presidential memorandum” signed on January 23, Obama overturned the so-called “Mexico City Policy,” a vital pro-life policy that had been adopted by President George W. Bush and by the two pro-life Republican presidents who served before him.
Under the policy, private organizations that performed or promoted abortion overseas were not eligible to receive funds under the U.S. foreign aid for “population assistance” or “family planning” programs, which total $461 million this year.
NRLC Legislative Director Douglas Johnson commented, “President Obama’s order will put hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars into the hands of organizations that aggressively promote abortion as a population-control tool in the developing world. Much of this will consist of money diverted away from groups that do not promote abortion, and into the hands of those organizations that are the most aggressive in promoting abortion in developing countries.”
Legislation Requiring Ultrasounds Major Pro-Life Priority
Sometimes it takes a while before the full import of a Supreme Court decision is fully understood. Take Roe v. Wade ... please. It was not for a number of years after the 1973 decision that it became crystal clear the Court said what it meant, and meant what it said: essentially abortion on demand, for any reason, or no reason, throughout all 50 states.
In its 1992 Planned Parenthood v. Casey decision, at the same time it reaffirmed the “core” holdings of Roe, the justices opened the door a crack to commonsense legislation. In the 16 years since, states have passed a variety of informed consent/Woman’s Right to Know laws intended to ensure that a woman’s decision whether to abort is a measured, not emotional, one.
The results when women are told the truth about their unborn child, about alternatives, and about the anguish they may experience in the aftermath of a decision taken for death is that they often choose life. Not surprisingly, pro-abortionists fight such laws with a fiery passion, as hot as it is illogical. Aren’t they for “choice”?
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Vol. 36, No. 2
From the President
AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
Among the many urgent decisions our new president has had to make, overturning the “Mexico City Policy” was most certainly not one of them. That policy—first proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan, continued by President George H. W. Bush, rescinded infamously by President Bill Clinton, and re-instated by President George W. Bush—denied U.S. tax dollars to organizations promoting and performing abortion abroad. Most regrettably, President Obama saw fit to use your money to make the killing of unborn babies in foreign countries easier by issuing an executive order abolishing the “Mexico City Policy.”
Is this “change we can believe in”? A USA Today/Gallup poll (Jan. 30-Feb. 1, 2009) found that only 35% of respondents favored this action, while 58% opposed it.
Beyond contempt for the American taxpayer, it takes considerable cultural arrogance and tone deafness to advance the eugenic mission of the abortion promoting/performing organizations (e.g., International Planned Parenthood) working abroad. Under the threat of withholding aid, these organizations seek to pressure foreign countries into making abortion legal. Supposedly, all this is in the best interest of women, children (!), ethnic minorities, and the poor….
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