Obama Wins Nobel Prize, Exported Tax-Funded Abortions at Time of Nomination
by Steven Ertelt
October 9, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — President Barack Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, but a closer analysis of the award shows his only achievement at the time he was nominated was exporting taxpayer-funded abortions. Obama hadn’t accomplished much else in office when the nominations were finalized.
The Norwegian Nobel Committee’s deadline for nominations for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize was February 1, just 11 days after Obama’s inauguration.
In his will, Swedish industrialist and inventor Alfred Nobel said the Peace Prize is meant to be awarded "to the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses."
Yet, at the time, the only bridge building Obama had done with other countries is to take tens of millions of taxpayer funds and give them to abortion businesses like Planned Parenthood and Marie Stopes International.
Those groups would use the funds to not only perform abortions but lobby the pro-life governments of nations in places like South America and Africa to overturn their laws.
On January 23, during his first week after having taken over the White House, Obama officially scrapped the Mexico City Policy that protected taxpayers from involvement in overseas abortions for eight years.
The executive order made 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.
Douglas Johnson, the legislative director for the National Right to Life Committee, told LifeNews.com at the time that not only did Obama’s order promote abortion on a global scale, it hurt non-abortion groups that provide medical care and services to women and families in foreign nations.
"One effect of Obama’s order will be to divert many millions of dollars away from groups that do not promote abortion, and into the hands of those organizations that are the most aggressive in promoting abortion in developing countries," he said.
"Obama’s order will predictably result in a redirection of funds to groups such as the International Planned Parenthood Federation, which are ideologically committed to the doctrine that abortion on demand must be universally available as a birth control method," Johnson said.
Obama’s record at the time of his nomination for the Nobel Prize also included a litany of nomination of pro-abortion activists to key positions.
That included naming pro-abortion Sen. Hillary Clinton as the Secretary of State, even though she has repeatedly said that abortion should be an international right.
Later, 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.
And while the Nobel Prize committee says Obama has done extensive nation building, the Vatican rejected three Obama ambassador nominees because of their positions in favor of abortions.
He also selected prominent pro-abortion activist Melanne Verveer to become his international women’s ambassador.
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