Abortion Advocates Giddy About Obama Order Reversing Mexico City Policy

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 23, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Abortion Advocates Giddy About Obama Order Reversing Mexico City Policy

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
January 23
, 2009

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Abortion advocates were able to check off one of the items on the 55-page memo they gave to President Barack Obama as marching orders for his administration. In comments after Obama ditched the Mexico City Policy, key pro-abortion groups were giddy with excitement.

Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards, whose abortion business stood to make millions from the decision, could hardly contain herself in an email to her supporters.

"I had no doubt it was going to happen, but I’m going to celebrate anyway. As one of his first official acts in office, President Obama has overturned the global gag rule," she said, referring to the derogative term for the policy and its limits on funding groups like hers that promotes and performs abortions.

"I’m sending our new president a message of thanks on behalf of … those of us here in the U.S. who have been protesting the global gag rule since the day President Ronald Reagan first implemented it," Richards added.

Richards promised the abortion advocates that support her group that Obama is ready and willing to more to promote abortions.

"It’s been a long eight years, and we have a lot more work to do to roll back President Bush’s awful legacy," she claimed. "There is serious work to be done to rectify nearly a decade of bad policies, not just in the U.S. but around the world."

Next up Richards’ pro-abortion agenda?

Sending taxpayer funds to the United Nations Population Fund, the agency that has worked hand in hand with the Chinese population control program that includes forced abortions and sterilizations.

"In the short term, we can keep moving in the right direction by restoring funding for UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund; removing abstinence-only requirements in HIV/AIDS funding; and increasing foreign assistance for reproductive health, including $1 billion for family planning" Richards said.

Richards also wants more money in the pockets of Planned Parenthood from the federal government and less money in the hands of groups that promote pro-life or abstinence values.

"Trust me, we’re not going to let up," Richards promised her friends.

Nancy Keenan, the president of NARAL, also had good things to say about her pro-abortion president and his funding of pro-abortion groups with taxpayer money.

"Thirty-six years after Roe v. Wade became the law of the land, President Barack Obama took swift and decisive action today to end one of George Bush’s worst policies," she said.

"Please join me now in thanking President Obama," she urged NARAL members.

Keenan said abortion advocates would have to work hard to counter the negative reactions Obama will receive from pro-life advocates.

"Unfortunately, anti-choice groups are bombarding the White House with messages and running vicious ads on TV and online that distort the truth," she claimed. "That’s why after you’ve thanked our new president, we need your help to spread the word to your friends and family."

Like Richards, Keenan can’t wait for future pro-abortion actions.

"We look forward to working with President Obama over the years as our ally," she said.

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