Barack Obama Will Scrap Mexico Policy Later Today, Fund Foreign Abortions
by Steven Ertelt
January 23, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Putting aside the pro-abortion appointments to key administration and policy positions, the pro-abortion record of new president Barack Obama will begin in earnest later today. That’s when he will officially scrap the Mexico City Policy that stops funding groups that promote or perform abortions overseas.
Obama was slated to overturn on Thursday the protections President Bush put back in place following the Clinton administration, but Obama decided to wait.
He hopes making his decision today to force taxpayers to fund foreign abortions will somehow make him seem less radical because he decided to wait until after the pro-life movement mourned the thirty-sixth anniversary of Roe v. Wade.
Obama will sign an executive order that will make non-governmental groups that do abortions in other nations or lobby pro-life countries to overturn their abortion limits eligible for public funds.
During the Bush administration, such groups were prevented from receiving the family planning money or any aid through the State Department, if they would not back down from their pro-abortion agenda.
The two biggest abortion businesses in the world, the U.S.-based Planned Parenthood and the British-based Marie Stopes International, refused to stop doing abortions or trying to get nations to abandon their pro-life culture and heritage and refused to follow the pro-life rules and accept the funds.
Now, taxpayers will fund those abortion businesses and their abortion marketing campaigns despite Obama’s campaign pledge to want to reduce abortions.
In September, 2007, Sen. Barbara Boxer introduced an amendment to a spending bill that would have reversed the pro-life policy and the Senate approved it by a 53-41 percentage point margin.
The move didn’t take effect only because President Bush threatened to veto any spending bill that removed the Mexico City Policy — something Obama would unlikely do.
Obama has already compiled what pro-life advocates consider to be a strong pro-abrotion 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.
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