Abortion Advocates Complain Obama Should Promote Tax-Funded Abortions More
by Steven Ertelt
October 21, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Abortion advocates have been complaining in recent days that President Barack Obama is not doing enough to promote taxpayer funded abortions. Never mind that Obama has promoted abortions financed with tax dollars at every turn since taking over the White House.
During his first week in office, Obama overturned the Mexico City Policy to fund Planned Parenthood and its abortions and abortion promotion.
He restored funding to the UNFPA, which has worked with Chinese officials who have promoted forced abortions, overturned rules against funding abortions in the nation’s capital in his budget, and has done nothing to stop abortion funding in the Congressional health care bills.
But, a new article in New York Daily News indicates that abortion advocates "are livid" that the health care reform bills in Congress do not promote abortion funding, even though they do.
Abortion advocates appear to want Obama to go further by making the abortion funding more specific or even overturning the Hyde amendment.
The story quoted UCLA law professor Adam Winkler who said, "The advocates of choice are starting to get disillusioned with President Obama."
She told the newspaper that she was lobbying for Planned Parenthood on Capitol Hill recently to push abortion funding and was told by a top Democratic congressman that the Obama administration is not spending much time pushing for abortion funding because it doesn’t want to alienate Republicans and pro-life Democrats it needs to get the bills passed.
"For the pro-choice community, it’s going to be Barack Obama’s ‘no new taxes,’" Winkler predicted.
The News also indicates the White House sent special adviser Valerie Jarrett to New York last week to speak at a swanky NARAL dinner and assure abortion advocates that Obama is doing their bidding. But, outside, hardcore pro-abortion activists yelled at her and told her to tell Obama to "do his job" by promoting abortion more.
Jill Stanek, a former Illinois nurse who is familiar with Obama’s pro-abortion record, noticed that Jarret delivered a less-than-inspiring speech.
"First I noted the crowd was way subdued in its response. And it seemed to me Jarrett was uncomfortable, hence her opening freudianesque comment that cracked me up: ‘And I’m delighted to have shown up here today,’" she wrote.
"When Jarrett broached the healthcare debate, she noticeably omitted mention of abortion coverage. In fact, she didn’t mention the A-word once – in a speech to the nation’s leading abortion advocacy organization," Stanek noticed. "The tone of Jarrett’s speech was a far cry from Obama’s 2007 speech to Planned Parenthood, when he said abortion coverage would be ‘at the center and at the heart’ of nationalized healthcare."
Stanek pointed to an article recapping the dinner where a blogger recounts a conversation with NARAL president Nancy Keenan.
Asked whether she was worried about the Obama administration, Keenan replied, "The complacency concerns me. It’s like, ‘Oh we’re safe. We can take a breather.’ The fact is the other side never takes a breather."
This isn’t the first time abortion advocates have pressured Obama to do more to promote abortion funding.
Planned Parenthood, released a statement on Obama’s budget offering in May that said it wanted Obama to propose repealing the Hyde amendment.
"An additional aspect of concern is that the presidents budget does not remove government funding restrictions on abortion services," Planned Parenthood said. It claims "restrictions on public funding for abortion services have severely hindered access to" abortion by "disproportionately affecting poor women."
We are disappointed that the budget did not remove restrictions on womens ability to access [abortion]," Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards said. Placing onerous restrictions on women is not effective public policy. We look forward to working with the president and Congress to remove these restrictions.
Even though Obama’s record has been thoroughly pro-abortion, that is never enough for the insatiable abortion industry it appears.
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