British Abortion Business Getting Money After Obama Decision Applauds Move

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 26, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

British Abortion Business Getting Money After Obama Decision Applauds Move

by Steven Ertelt Editor
January 26
, 2009

London, England ( — The British-based abortion business Marie Stopes International is the biggest beneficiary, along with American abortion business Planned Parenthood, of President Barack Obama overturning the Mexico City Policy. Naturally, MSI officials distributed a press release applauding the decision.

As reported, Obama overturn the protections preventing taxpayers from having to fund groups that promote and perform abortions overseas.

In a Monday statement, MSI said it "applauds President Barack Obama’s decision to rescind the Mexico City Policy" adding that it "marks a turning point in the global" abortion debate.

"We applaud the new Administration for rescinding a policy that has been an unmitigated disaster for the world’s poorest women," MSI’s chief executive Dana Hovig claimed. "President Obama is off to a flying start."

By overturning the policy, President Obama opened the floodgates for foreign aid to go from groups that provide care for poor women to those that do abortions or promote them.

Because MSI and Planned Parenthood refused to back down from their abortion agenda, they were refused taxpayer funding.

"MSI, which operates nearly 600 reproductive health clinics and hundreds more outreach teams across 43 countries, has been profoundly affected by US policy over the past eight years," the abortion business explained. "Having refused to sign the Mexico City Policy on principle, MSI was denied funding."

MSI indicated it was forced to shut down abortion centers in some of the poorest areas of Ethiopia and Kenya because it refused to commit to only providing non-abortion services to the people there.

Although some abortion advocates have tried to cast the Mexico City Policy as one that has nothing to do with abortion, MSI admits that it prevents funding of groups that lobby countries to reverse their pro-life laws.

"The Mexico City Policy … was first imposed by the Reagan Administration in 1984 and directed the United States Agency for International Development to withhold funds from foreign NGOs that provide abortion information or counseling to women or lobbied foreign governments to legalize or make abortion available," MSI admitted.

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