Obama on Abortion

It took only three days for our new President Obama to begin to do his part to expand the number of abortions performed throughout the world. In an effort to “promote safe and effective voluntary family planning programs in foreign nations”, on Jan 23, 2009 Obama rescinded the Mexico City Policy. This policy prohibited nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) from receiving US federal dollars “to pay for the performance of abortions as a method of family planning, or to motivate or coerce any person to practice abortions.” (see the president’s memorandum titled Mexico City Policy and Assistance for Voluntary Population Planning)

FoxNews says this immoral stance on abortion is “a new foreign policy confrontation is in the making — with the Vatican.” In an article called Obama Administration, Vatican Clash Over Abortion, they say Obama is taking heat from the Roman Catholic Church after he ended the ban on federal funding to international groups that perform or promote abortions. “Among the many good things that he could have done, Barack Obama instead chose the worst,” said Monsignor Elio Sgreccia, a top official with the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy for Life.

Of course, Obama’s move to expand abortion should come as no surprise to any American voter who paid the slightest bit of attention to the recent presidential campaign. As you can see in the video below, when a reporter asked Barack when he thinks a baby begins to have “human rights”, Obama fumbled around and eventually said it was “above my pay grade.” The video contrasts Obama’s response with that of his defeated opponent, John McCain. Without hesitation, when asked when a baby has human rights, McCain said “at the moment of conception.”

I have heard of people, otherwise opposed to abortion, that nevertheless supported Obama saying the President has little say over the issue and that Barack actually wants to reduce the number of abortions, as mentioned in the video. But as we have seen in the first week of the Obama presidency, the President does have a big say on the issue of abortion in the way of executive orders (not to mention Supreme Court appointees). And any so-called desire by Obama to reduce abortion, it seems to me, is merely lip service to his supports of religious faith and a moral conscience. But Obama’s belief and actions are firmly pro-abortion, because, as we know from this second brief video clip below, Obama feels an unplanned pregnancy is a “punishment” women should not have to endure.

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