Well, we knew it was coming, and now it is official.  President Obama will allow non-governmental organizations working abroad to use U.S. funding to give counseling on or provide abortions.

Major Garrett of Fox News reports:

President Obama will issue an executive order on Thursday reversing the Bush administration policy that bans the use of federal dollars by non-govermental organizations that discuss or provide abortions outside of the United States.

Obama will sign the executive order on the 36th anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion in all 50 states.

The policy, known in governmental circles as the “Mexico City policy,” requires any non-governmental organization to agree before receiving U.S. funds that they will “neither perform nor actively promote abortion as a method of family planning in other nations.”

President Obama yesterday in his inaugural speech referred to the Declaration of Independence when he said:

The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.

What he failed to mention was the Founders emphasis on life, which this policy will help end, and liberty of which ours will be violated if the very people who oppose abortion will suddenly have to help fund it through our taxpayer dollars.

While it may only be symbolic in nature I would encourage you to contact the White House to let President Obama know that you don’t approve of your taxpayer money being used to end life.

Update: The Mexico City Policy will not be overturned today.

David Brody writes:

A source with knowledge of the situation says the fact that Obama will not issue this executive order today (on the same day of the huge March for Life rally in DC) sends a strong signal to religious leaders across the political spectrum that President Obama wants to set a different tone in Washington.

That is good news, but I’m not holding my breath that this won’t be done.  Brody goes on.

It is unclear whether Obama intends to reverse the Mexico City Policy at some point in the future but this reliable source tells me that this move signals that Obama will stress the need for reducing abortions in this country rather than focus on the divisive tit for tat policy reversals of the past. As a matter of fact, President Obama may actually release an abortion related statement today about this need to reduce them. The point here is that President Obama has opted out of the “in your face” politics of the past. He may reverse Mexico City Policy at some point. Many on both sides of the abortion debate expect he probably will at some point but today is a day where Obama took the more tactful and less confrontational approach.

2nd Update 1/23/09: Sounds like he’s going to sign the executive order today in a “low key” event.  Oh how generous of him.  Please continue to contact him to let him know your disagreement with this decision.  He needs to understand that he is out of touch on this issue.

HT: Jeff Angelo

16 comments
  1. As always, Shane leaves out the real crux of the story, and instead goes the easy route with his rhetoric. The real truth is that poor women in foreign countries have no access to affordable birth control. Education of women and the ability to control their own fertility ensures that the children who are born can achieve a higher level of education and have a chance to escape poverty. Empowering women in this way assures a more peaceful society and the need for abortion goes down due to correct use of birth control. If you “conservatives” really wanted to save babies, you'd be talking more about birth control options for poor women. Instead you'd rather blather on and on about spending “taxpayer” money being used for abortions.

  2. You are making either a racist and/or elitist argument when you assume that those in poverty can't make the choice to abstain. In a marriage situation – children are a blessing, and never a curse. Also there are great organizations – NGOs and FBOs who are working on behalf of the poor who seem to be able to do effective work without passing out birth control.

    Also you are assuming that this is a proper role of the Federal Government. I say if you and those like you care so much for this issue and want to fund work like this – go ahead – through private donations. No one is stopping you. Planned Parenthood and organizations like them would love to take your money.

    This is not a good use of taxpayer money, and when you've got a large segment of the population (half or almost half of pop who thinks it should be either illegal or have stricter limits) it seems asinine to use taxpayer money in this way.

    Also you discount the emotional, physical and spiritual toll that abortions can have on women.

  3. keep up the Good work Shane! I totally agree with you!

    What doesn't make sense to me is that not only is abortion wrong, but don't we have enough money problems without spending our federal money for other countries to have abortions? Makes no sense to me.

  4. Let me get this straight… terrorists and soldiers is the same as pre-born babies to you?

    I'd love to respond to the Iraq thing, but I really would like to keep this thread about the topic at hand.

  5. Thanks for the information. This is utterly dispicable and a slap in the face to the majority of Americans who oppose abortion–and on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, nonetheless! I would say unbelievable except that unfortunately, its not. The long fight for life is about to get much more difficult. In addition to contacting the White House directly, I am also going to call my Senators and Representative. No, they do not make the policy, but they can pressure. And, as you said, at least it lets them know we are not going to go down without a fight. Blessings!

  6. Abortion is murder and the worst kind, it is the murder of an innocent child that has done harm to noone. A 2 year old child of a rape victim cannot be killed in any country, because it is MURDER. MURDER is wrong. A baby in the womb is a child, with potential for great achievements in this world. If you abort it (government funded or otherwise), you have stopped a life that is valuable and committed MURDER.

  7. You are right Steven, the whole abortion argument boils down to the fundamental question – when does life begin? If life begins at conception, and I believe it does, no argument can be made to justify abortion.

  8. Thanks for the information on the post as well as your comments to the few pro-abortion commentors here … Keep up the good work. I fully agree with you. The fight for life is going to be difficult during these next four years – but we shall not weary, we shall not rest.

  9. What incredible hypocrisy! A life is a life. Even the most heinous life is still a life. Still a work of God. Mr. Vander Hart, you would have us believe all life is sacred, but apparently that is only as long as it's the one you deem worthy. I am truly sickened that a clergy member could EVER make such a statement.

    You go on and keep this thread about the topic at hand. Backpedaling is what you do best anyway.

  10. First off – read my comment policy – this is really, really borderline.

    Secondly comment here again using a bogus e-mail and I will delete the comment and block your IP address.

    Thirdly I'm not discounting life, but I do see a difference between a terrorist and an unborn child and I pity you since you can not. I also see the difference between two soldiers who are both armed engaged in warfare and an unborn life.

    I'm not saying warfare is not tragic, but it is not at the same level of killing the innocent unborn.

    Here is the difference between you and I – you see all killing as murder. I do not. Capital punishment and warfare conducted by the State – is not murder. It is a role of government, (Romans 13 and various OT passages). Now you can argue whether or not you think the Iraq war is just or not or whether you think capital punishment is ok. I'm ok with that, but the Bible is explicitly clear on abortion.

    Also, I would like to add – it is easy to spout vitriol like what you just did by calling me a hypocrite and backpeddler being anonymous. I at least have the courage to stand by my convictions and not hide in anonymity.

    So you have been warned another comment like this one and you'll be blocked. We can disgaree and still be civil toward one another.

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