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January 23rd, 2009
05:21 PM ET

FRC condemns Obama's reversal of abortion-funding policy

Family Research Council

On the day after millions of Americans solemnly marked the 36th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision that has led to the loss of an estimated 50 million lives, President Barack Obama took unilateral steps to expand abortion at taxpayers' expense.

In one of his first official acts as President of the United States, President Barack Obama rescinded the "Mexico City Policy." This policy prohibits taxpayer funds from going to foreign non-governmental organizations that use other funds to promote and perform abortions. Under the Mexico City Policy, funding for family planning is not reduced by one penny but recipient agencies must decide whether or not to engage in abortion promotion or provision. A policy against promoting abortion is only "anti-family planning" if one assumes that abortion itself is a method of "family planning."

Tony Perkins, President of Family Research Council, had this to say:

"Yesterday, President Obama issued executive orders banning the torture of terrorists but today signed an order that exports the torture of unborn children around the world. At a debate last year at Rick Warren's Saddleback Church, then-candidate Barack Obama vowed to find 'common ground' on the issue of abortion and that he, as President, would work to 'reduce the number of abortions.' His action today flies in the face of that vow and probably sets a record as the most quickly broken campaign promise ever leaving the question, how many more broken promises to families lie ahead?

"Both sides of the abortion debate, from Planned Parenthood to Family Research Council, agree on a simple economic point: when you subsidize abortion, abortions will increase. Thanks to his actions today, U.S. taxpayers will be forced to take part in exporting a culture of death. We have a responsibility to respect the policies and traditions of the other countries, which have laws recognizing the right to life of the unborn, and it is an insult to fund organizations that are intent on overturning those laws by promoting an elite ideology of abortion on demand.

"One of President Obama's first acts is to rescind this vital government policy and reward pro-abortion groups. This should serve as a bitter pill for those who campaigned for him, all the while proclaiming their belief in the cause of life and family."

To read comments from NARAL Pro-Choice America, click here.

soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Gwen Gray

    I would like to know all the facts about the abortion bill.

    January 24, 2009 at 7:13 pm |
  2. Gwen Gray

    The Parade last Sunday had a soupy article about Obama's love of all children and a letter to his daughters that stated he wished the same for all children. In my mind I answered, "Sure you do, that is all children except the ones aborted each year." What is the difference in our country murdering millions of babies, and the terrible murders commited in the name of Allah? I am old enough to remember when the history books said that Rome lost its power when it began killing babies and old people. Now, the history class seems to be filled with good will towards all, except our citizens whom they blame for all the ills of the world. I taught for 35 years and got my masters in the eighties, and helped my grandson with his history in the recent past, so I know what I am talking about. May I add, I cannot seem to find the complete abortion bill.

    January 24, 2009 at 7:12 pm |
  3. John B. Sullivan MD

    I am delighted that Mr. Obama reversed the Bush policy violating women's rights to reproductive freedom. The real evil is the Family Resource Council.

    January 23, 2009 at 8:30 pm |
  4. Lisa

    Why, oh why is pro-choice always treated by pro-lifers as pro-abortion? Pro-choice is just that – choice, not restrictive.

    If the pro-lifers (and pro-choicers) put as much energy into reducing and/or eliminating the need for abortion as they do in sniping at the other side, maybe we could achieve that idealistic goal. Of course, this would also include the education of abstinence as well as birth control.

    One cannot impose their beliefs upon others who do not believe as they do. So let's think about what the end result is – reduction and/or elimination of need for abortion – and work together to achieve this.

    January 23, 2009 at 7:23 pm |
  5. dft@USA

    Read Exodus Ch: 1, Pharaoh tried to destroy Moses, Matthew 2:9
    Herod tried to find and kill Jesus, Satan will try to destroy the "seed"
    and righteous ones from the earth. Obama has just made a fatal
    mistake in destroying innocent living human babies. He is just as
    evil as the murderous ones of old except multiplied by 10 million a
    year for the next 4 years.

    January 23, 2009 at 6:46 pm |