Poll: Americans Upset Obama Reversed Mexico City Policy, Promoting Abortions
by Steven Ertelt
February 2, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A new Gallup poll finds a strong majority of Americans are upset that President Barack Obama overturned a policy that prevented funding of groups that promote or perform abortions overseas. In overturning the Mexico City Policy, Obama reneged on his promise to reduce abortions as president.
As LifeNews.com reported, the pro-life policy had been in place during the entirety of the Bush administration and Obama rescinded it on his first week in office.
Named for a 1984 population conference where President Reagan initially announced it, the Mexico City Policy made it so family planning funds could only go to groups that would agree to not do abortions or lobby foreign nations to overturn their pro-life laws.
Reacting to the decision in a poll conducted by the Gallup organization, 58 percent of Americans oppose Obama’s pro-abortion decision while just 35 percent support it and 7 percent have no opinion.
Breaking down the new poll further, Gallup asked respondents to state their opinion on seven major actions President Obama has taken since becoming president. Overturning the Mexico City Policy engendered more opposition than any of the other actions and it had the lowest level of support.
The pro-abortion move also evoked the least support from Democrats and the most opposition from Republicans and independents.
While 59 percent of Democrats supported the move, it came in last among the seven total issues on which Gallup surveyed.
Only 8 percent of Republicans backed overturning the limits as did just 33 percent of the independent voters surveyed — with opposition higher about this action than any other Obama has taken a president.
The results of the Gallup poll are based on telephone interviews with 1,027 adults across the country and were conducted January 30-February 1.
The Mexico City Policy covered over $400 million in federal funds, part of which will now flow to the abortion businesses Planned Parenthood and Marie Stopes International for their foreign efforts.
Douglas Johnson, the legislative director for the National Right to Life Committee, condemned the decision.
He told LifeNews.com how the executive order will hurt non-abortion groups that provide medical care and services to women and families in foreign nations.
"One effect of Obama’s order will be to divert many millions of dollars 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," he said.
"Obama’s order will predictably result in a redirection of funds to groups such as the International Planned Parenthood Federation, which are ideologically committed to the doctrine that abortion on demand must be universally available as a birth control method," Johnson said.
Johnson said pro-life advocates need to brace for more attacks on pro-life laws and measures from Obama.
"This is the first in an anticipated series of attacks on longstanding pro-life policies, as the new administration pushes Obama’s sweeping abortion agenda," he said. "That agenda includes repeal of the Hyde Amendment, which would result in tax-funded abortion as a birth control method in the U.S., and imposition of sweeping pro-abortion mandates on private employers through health-care reform legislation."
Obama has already compiled what pro-life advocates consider to be a strong pro-abortion record because of key pro-abortion appointments such as Rahm Emanuel as White House Chief of Staff, Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, and former staff of pro-abortion groups in top legal and health care-related spots.
ACTION: Contact President Obama and tell him you’re upset by his decision to send taxpayer funds to pro-abortion groups to promote or perform abortions. Go to http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact
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