At a time when we're being asked to swallow stimulus packages and Obama initiated plans with price tags too large for us to comprehend, the new President has chosen to start sending millions and millions of our tax dollars around the world to fund abortions.
He did it with no fanfare and no press late Friday night. In the dark of the night, with the stroke of a pen, he opted to fund the taking of lives around the world with our hard-earned tax dollars. Those dwindling dollars we're doing everything we can to hold onto at the moment.
How can he justify sending our money, our children's money, to fund abortions in other countries at a time when we're hearing from his lips that things are going to get a lot worse before they get better? Pro-life or pro-choice, this one should raise your ire.
From the AP article linked below (emphasis mine):
"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," Obama said in a statement released by the White House. "I have no desire to continue this stale and fruitless debate."
He said the ban was unnecessarily broad and undermined family planning in developing countries.
"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," the president said.
Obama issued the presidential memorandum rescinding the Bush
policy without coverage by the media, late Friday afternoon. The
abortion measure is a highly emotional one for many people, and the quiet signing was in contrast to the televised coverage of Obama's announcement Wednesday on ethics rules and Thursday's signing of orders on closing the Guantanamo Bay prison camp and banning torture in the questioning of terror suspects.
His action came one day after the 36th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade that legalized abortion.
From the Family Research Council:
After granting a 24-hour stay on the execution of the unborn, President Obama delivered today on his promise of taxpayer-funded promotion of abortion. This afternoon, the new administration inked the order overturning the "Mexico City policy" and unleashing millions of federal dollars to international abortion groups. Of course, it was no accident that the new president postponed the act until the last possible minute on Friday, knowing the repeal would be buried in the weekend headlines. Issuing it now means that even the presidential blackberry will get more media coverage than his international abortion bailout. The end of "Mexico City" is nothing less than a tragedy for the world's poor. For more on this and other events of this week, watch the video I've recorded which can be seen at www.frcblog.com. (video posted at the end of this blog)
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