Saturday, January 24, 2009

Obama and Tax Supported Abortion

In less than a week, President Obama rescinded an executive order that even Bill Clinton did not rescind during his eight years in the White House--he rescinded the Mexico City policy which had forbidden the use of taxpayer funds to support abortion clinics in other nations.

A move that is guaranteed to irritate conservatives to start with, President Obama issued his order on teh anniversary of Roe v. Wade, which is just going to make it worse.

The fact is that no one is really going to change anyone's mind when it comes to abortion and as an issue, it is just too polarizing for a compromise. But at the same time, the law is unlikely to change, abortion is going to be legal and it is going to clealy be the policy of the Obama Administration to promote abortion as an option.

But the timing of Obama's order sends a signal to even liberals who are opposed to abortion (and yes there are some), that the pro-life position will not get any hearing at Obama White House and that is troubling.

So much for inclusiveness.

It is not surpirising that Obama altered the policy. The problem for me is the timeing of doing so--it is just poor.


Clark said...

From Wikipedia:

"President Bill Clinton rescinded the Mexico City Policy on January 22, 1993. He referred to the policy as being "excessively broad" and stated that it had "undermined efforts to promote safe and efficacious family planning programs in foreign nations".[10] On January 22, 2001, President George W. Bush reinstated the policy by executive order,. . ."

Yes, Clinton did rescind the Mexico City Policy. He did it on the anniversary of Roe v Wade, George W. Bush reinstated it, also on the anniversary of Roe v Wade.

Tennis anyone?

artpredator said...

I read the same in the LA Times.

What I don't understand is: why do you think the timing is poor?