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Obama To Reverse Abortion Policy Today

January 23, 2009

This also needs to be addressed by Congress so the back and forth ends every time we have a new president.

In a long-expected move, President Barack Obama plans to sign an executive order ending the ban on federal funds for international groups that perform abortions or provide information on the option, officials told The Associated Press on Friday.

Liberal groups welcomed the decision while abortion rights foes criticized the president. Known as the “Mexico City policy,” the ban has been reinstated and then reversed by Republican and Democratic presidents since GOP President Ronald Reagan established it in 1984. President Bill Clinton ended the ban in 1993, but President George W. Bush re-instituted it in 2001 as one of his first acts in office.

The policy bans U.S. taxpayer money, usually in the form of U.S. Agency for International Development funds, from going to international family planning groups that either offer abortions or provide information, counseling or referrals about abortion. It is also known as the “global gag rule,” because it prohibits taxpayer funding for groups that lobby to legalize abortion or promote it as a family planning method.

7 Comments
  1. January 26, 2009 3:03 PM

    Tom,

    Did you follow any of the campaign in 2008? The Mexico Policy was talked about, and I think it was also mentioned here on my blog. So for you to pretend that this policy, that has been in the news since Reagan was in office, is somehow new to you is a mystery.

    I really think that only a week into the Obama Administration you seem wound a bit tight.

    Image now how the whole world felt over a war started for no real reason, the American constitution shredded, and the polar bears left with no friends in the White House, and then get back to me on being upset.

  2. tomjerkweed permalink
    January 26, 2009 2:06 PM

    I guess this can all be summed up best by ‘Change we can believe in’ is, in reality, ‘Change we never imagined.’

    Thank you Evangelicals who Voted for Obama…

  3. Obamagirl permalink
    January 23, 2009 8:08 PM

    If McCain had been elected, I might have preferred Eastern Europe.

  4. tomjerkweed permalink
    January 23, 2009 5:46 PM

    Yes, I did expect him to keep his promises. It does not mean I like them. This sort of reminds of when I was in college and my floormates would say, “Take the Window Pane Acid, everything will be okay. Let your feelings come out and you will see another dimension that you have never experienced before.”

    The other dimension was almost naked in the bushes outside of the dormitory the next morning and I suspect that when this Obama trip is over that is where we will be as well.

  5. ann permalink
    January 23, 2009 3:21 PM

    Tom imagine how I felt for eight years with George Bush! I voted for these changes and am glad they are taking place.

  6. January 23, 2009 3:03 PM

    I never thought you were a teacher….that comment was for Patrick in another post.

    I do have to ask…did you think Obama was not going to follow his campaign promises? And are you not aware of the sentiments of your fellow citizens on the topics of the day? The public really did want a break from the past, and as I have argued this is a transformational election/presidency.

    The big transition will come with the sweeping stimulas bill and the various ideas and programs it will contain.

    But when you benefit from Obama I hope you also make a point to share that too.

  7. tomjerkweed permalink
    January 23, 2009 2:54 PM

    Three days into this presidency and I already done. Give rights and open hugs and kisses to the terrorists who will gladly kill us and kill those whom are totally defenseless and have no say in the matter whatsoever.

    In case you are still wondering, no, I do not teach Civics or American History.

    I am a man who is watching our nation turn into Eastern Europe. No morals, only relativism.

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