President Barack Obama has named sixteen recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which is the nation’s highest civilian honor. Abortion activist Gloria Steinem will be one of the recipients.
The Presidential Medal of Freedom is “presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors,” and Obama apparently believes dedicating one’s life to promoting abortion is a part of that list.
Obama said “The Presidential Medal of Freedom goes to men and women who have dedicated their own lives to enriching ours. This year’s honorees have been blessed with extraordinary talent, but what sets them apart is their gift for sharing that talent with the world. It will be my honor to present them with a token of our nation’s gratitude.”
Steinem has a long history of pushing abortion as the founder of Ms. Magazine who held fundraisers for Obama during his campaign.
Obama has given the Presidential Medal of Freedom to abortion activists before.
Sen. Ted Kennedy has earned pro-abortion records for decades for repeatedly voting to promote abortion, including his opposition to a ban on partial-birth abortions. yet he received a Presidential Medal of Freedom from Obama in 2009. Obama also awarded a medal to pro-abortion former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.
Not only did O’Connor repeatedly promote an unlimited right to abortion throughout pregnancy during her tenure on the Supreme Court, she authored the high court decision that overturned state bans on partial-birth abortion. The Supreme Court had to go back, years later, and reverse her decision to allow the national partial-birth abortion ban to stand.
Obama also gave a presidential medal to Billie Jean King, the acclaimed professional tennis player in the 1960s and 1970s. However, King joined the pro-abortion group Emily’s List in march 2007 to work for the presidential campaign of abortion advocate Hillary Clinton.
Reverend Joseph Lowery also received a medal from Obama even though he participated in an event in October 2006 where he joined with pro-abortion black leaders Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson in saying abortion is not an issue for black Americans.
Obama also gave an award to Mary Robinson, the first female President of Ireland and former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Although Ireland laws protect unborn children, Robinson supports abortion as a human right.
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While Obama is supporting abortion activists with a high civilian honor, President George W. Bush awarded the medal to pro-life advocates. Former member of Congress Henry Hyde received one as did Cuba pro-life activist Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet.
This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Executive Order signed by President John F. Kennedy establishing the Presidential Medal of Freedom, as well as the first ceremony bestowing the honor on an inaugural class of 31 recipients. Since that time, more than 500 exceptional individuals from all corners of society have been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.