Speak of Consensus, Then Use Force

fetus-at-five-weeksThrough his  Executive Orders, President Obama is finally beginning to lift his campaign’s fog of ambiguity, revealing his real agenda.   Obama speaks continuously of unity, consensus and pragmatism but when he uses Presidential authority it’s to advance rigid, leftist ideology.  One of his first executive orders is a perfect example.

A 1961 law prohibits the use of US government funds to perform or promote abortion in foreign countries.  In the early eighties President Reagan found that several organizations that promoted and performed abortions continued to receive federal funds because they claimed their abortion activities were funded from other sources.  But by paying an organization’s non-abortion expenses US taxpayers freed up more of those funds from other sources to promote and conduct abortions.


The “Mexico City Policy,”  named for the location of the 1984 UN Conference on Population where it was first announced, was an executive order by President Reagan that  required organizations to agree, as a condition of their receipt of any Federal funds, not to perform or promote abortion in other nations, even if they had other sources of funds.

The policy was in effect from 1984 through the end of the Bush 41 Administration. It was rescinded by President Clinton, and then reinstated by President Bush 43.

On his third day President Obama issued an executive order rescinding the Mexico City Policy again, thus making available more funds for promoting and conducting abortions in foreign countries.  The White House announcement includes the following:

For too long, international family planning assistance has been used as a political wedge issue, the subject of a back and forth debate that has served only to divide us.  I have no desire to continue this stale and fruitless debate.

Does the President actually believe it’s the debate, rather than the moral question of abortion that divides us?  If the debate is “fruitless” it’s because after 30 years at least half of us are still not persuaded that abortion is moral.  We understand there is no way to reconcile killing a human fetus with the fundamental right to life, recognized by America’s founders in the Declaration of Independence.   At least half of us remain morally opposed to an American foreign policy of promoting and funding abortions in other nations.

Apparently, President Obama believes his own campaign hype, that the power of his being will dissolve principled debate as soon as he comes down on one side or the other.

The White House announcement continues…

It is time that we end the politicization of this issue.  In the coming weeks, my Administration will initiate a fresh conversation on family planning, working to find areas of common ground to best meet the needs of women and families at home and around the world.

Translation:  Opposing  abortion is politicizing,  supporting abortion  is “a fresh conversation on family planning.”

As Obama knows, America does not have the authority to ban abortions in other countries, and the Mexico City Policy did not prevent Americans from making voluntary contributions to organizations that promote and perform abortions.  But Obama, who claims to the man of compromise and concensus, was not satisfied with anything less than full, forced compliance with his abortion agenda.

7 Comments so far

  1. Gabriel on January 26th, 2009

    Obama is right. We have separation of Church and state, meaning religious dogma has no place in public policy.

    Obama promised to govern on facts, not ideology or religious beliefs, and thats what he’s doing. Its a refreshing change from Bush the bible thumper catering to the religious right at the expense of the whole world.

    Women have a right to choose and society benefits when uncontrolled population growth is stopped.

    There are already too many people on the planet. natural resources are being depleted at a frightening rate and food shortages are growing. more population growth is unsustainable.

  2. Nevada Nan on January 26th, 2009

    society benefits when babies are murdered?

  3. thousand flowers blooming on January 26th, 2009

    Abortion is a medical procedure to end an unwanted pregnancy. Right to an Abortion means right to be free from overwhelming stress and pressure. the right wingers always come out screaming about “murder.” The only murder victims in family planning centers have been doctors and nurses who were only helping poor, stressed out women.

  4. SharonG on January 26th, 2009

    It’s time to stop religious fanatics from running the country. The abortion issue was settled by the Supreme Court 53 years ago. Live with it. Stop trying to take away womens rights.

  5. aaa again on January 26th, 2009

    “There are already too many people on the planet. natural resources are being depleted at a frightening rate and food shortages are growing. more population growth is unsustainable.”

    Back up your own words Gabby, off yourself.

    Its the best for the planet.

  6. Sean on January 27th, 2009

    Abortion, like execution, stills a beating heart. That isn’t religious dogma but biological fact.

    I’m non-religious and cannot see abortion as anything other than a quiet, slow motion holocaust.

    Even if you can come up with some societal benefits to justify it, some things come at too high a price. Our society is soulless. Monstrous, even.

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