President Obama’s First 100 Days: Major Abortion Promotion, Attacking Pro-Lifers
by Steven Ertelt
April 29, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — President Barack Obama marks his first 100 days in the White House today and his record is replete with aggressive promotion of abortion and attacks on pro-life advocates. Obama has used tax dollars to pay for abortion and embryonic stem cell research and stacked his administration with abortion advocates.
The president’s litany of anti-life decisions began immediately after his election in November, when he selected a long-time abortion advocate as his White House chief of staff.
Obama began fulfilling his promises to abortion advocates during his first week in office when he overturned the Mexico City Policy that prevented forcing taxpayers to fund groups that promote and perform abortions in other countries.
Instead of urging Americans to honor and respect the dignity and worth of human life as other presidents have done, Obama used the 36th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision to celebrate the 50 million abortions that have been done since then.
Janice Shaw Crouse, of Concerned Women for America, says the media presentation of Obama’s first 100 days likely won’t feature an overview of his extensive pro-abortion record.
"The media hype about President Obama’s first 100 days spares no cliché or hyperbole in trying to convince America that our new president ranks among our nation’s greatest," she told LifeNews.com.
"The political commentators need to take off their rose-colored glasses and stop bending over backwards to describe Obama’s policies as moderate and his changes as positive advances for freedom and democracy around the world," says Crouse. "Underneath all the media visuals that make a compelling story, there is the sobering reality that this president is very divisive and extremely partisan."
She condemns Obama for "restructuring the domestic social policies of the United States of America by usurping the basic foundation stones of America’s domestic policies and the pro-life … stances that have made this nation the envy of the rest of the world."
Even those who say they want to work with Obama are concerned about his extensive pro-abortion record.
Frank Page, leader of Taylors Baptist Church and a member of Obama’s White House faith committee, told CBN News, "By and large I have not been very encouraged by our president’s first 100 days in regards to pro-life issues, in regards to sensitivity to the evangelical community."
"I have not been surprised by anything our president has done, but I have been surprised at the rapidity with which he has done what he has done," Page added. "[The] removal of what few protections there are for example regarding innocent unborn babies– this has happened quickly."
During his first two months, Obama put people in key policy positions in the White House, Justice Department and his Cabinet who are not only abortion advocates but former staff and board members for top pro-abortion organizations like Emily’s List and NARAL.
Obama’s second major pro-abortion policy decision came in February when he proposed overturning pro-life conscience protections President Bush put in place to make sure medical staff and centers are not forced to do abortions.
One day later, he nominated pro-abortion Kathleen Sebelius to become Secretary of Health and Human Services and she is expected to put that decision in place now that she has been confirmed by the Senate.
In his third decision, Obama announced $50 million for the UNFPA, the UN population agency that has been criticized for promoting abortion and working closely with Chinese population control officials who use forced abortions and involuntary sterilizations.
Obama’s fourth major policy decision saw him sign an executive order forcing taxpayer funding of embryonic stem cell research.
The Obama administration has also aggressively attacked pro-life advocates.
In March, Obama’s team shut out pro-life groups from attending a White House-sponsored health care summit. Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion business, made the invitation list as did other pro-abortion groups.
Then, earlier this month, the Obama administration released a document that claims pro-life people may engage in violence or extremism.
The future doesn’t appear to hold anything different when it comes to Obama promoting abortion.
Obama made his first judicial appointment and named pro-abortion federal Judge David Hamilton to serve on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Other judges, including potential Supreme Court nominees, are expected to be pro-abortion as well.
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