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Obama Reverses "Mexico City" Anti-abortion Policy

By January 25, 2009

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President Obama on Friday overturned the "Mexico City Policy" that prohibited the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) from contributing money to international family planning agencies that offered abortions or abortion counseling.

"It is clear that the provisions of the Mexico City Policy are unnecessarily broad and unwarranted under current law, and for the past eight years, they have undermined efforts to promote safe and effective voluntary family planning in developing countries," stated President Obama in a press release. "For these reasons, it is right for us to rescind this policy and restore critical efforts to protect and empower women and promote global economic development."

Calling for an end to the "politicization" of the abortion issue, Obama stated that his administration would work to address the needs of family planning efforts in the U.S. and around the world.

"I have directed my staff to reach out to those on all sides of this issue to achieve the goal of reducing unintended pregnancies," said the President. "They will also work to promote safe motherhood, reduce maternal and infant mortality rates and increase educational and economic opportunities for women and girls."

Obama also vowed to work with Congress to restore U.S. funding for the United Nations' Population Fund, already supported by 180 other nations.

First implemented by President Reagan in 1984, the Mexico City policy was canceled by President Clinton, only to be reinstated by President George W. Bush in 2001.

President Bush defended his reinstatement of the policy as evidence of his long-held conviction that U.S. taxpayer money should never be used to promote abortion.

Obama's action came the day after the 36th Anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion in the United States.

Also See:
Obama Opens the Windows
Obama's First Opportunity to Act as a Pro-Choice President (Women’s Issues)

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January 25, 2009 at 1:37 pm
(1) cathie smith says:

Hurry, Pres. Obama! I lived in Mexico for 23 years and worked with underprivileged families, have seen what religion and legal restrictions have done. children fainting of hunger in school, babies left tied up with cheerios spilled on the dirt floor while mom works 12 hour days for a pittance, so much human misery! women need the right to decide how many and when they will have babies!

February 3, 2009 at 10:52 am
(2) Sean Jones says:

I find it tragic that most people think that women don’t have a choice, so the alternative is to kill their unborn child. Now before you go accusing me of being a cold-hearted bastard that doesn’t understand women’s rights, hold your breath. My mother certainly did not have 11 children because she felt oppressed and like she didn’t have any choice in the matter, quite the opposite! The fact is that the majority of women do have a “choice”, when they spread their legs open, that is when the choice is made. Pres. Obama has just signed a death sentence for all of the children who will now never receive the right to live, what a thing to celebrate! It is true that as a man I will never have to bear the burden of giving birth to a child or deal with a pregnancy, however, I do not believe this precludes me from speaking out about the fact that a choice is indeed made before conception and certainly should not be made after when it infringes on the right of an unborn child. I am sympathetic to those women who were unfortunate enough to have been raped, molested, and a victim of incest when it comes to these issues, however, I feel that is it quite cowardly and hypocritical of women to feel victimized by not being given the “choice” to kill their child because they got pregnant when they certainly had a say in the matter before the pregnancy occurred. Unfortunately people with my opinion are labeled as bigots and sexists because we don’t feel that it is right for a mother to kill her own child. That is pretty sad and speaks volumes about the selfishness and lack of responsibility of our country’s citizens today. Most of all tragic that the majority favor death over life, very tragic indeed.

February 3, 2009 at 6:25 pm
(3) Ger says:

No good can come out of killing babies. I also don’t like my tax dollars going to the cause of killing inocent babies. God will punish those responsible for this.

September 25, 2012 at 3:12 pm
(4) James says:

On the issue of Abortion the President has little room to comment considering he has a VESTED interest in abortion holding shares in the criminal Baxter Pharmaceuticals which provide “aborted fetal tissue’ infused highly toxic recyclying depopulation vaccines. He recently vowed to “PLOW” forward with his Pro Abortion agenda. Have you not been paying attention to his Pro Abortion appointments in his cabinet? All High Priest of Moloch need their minons by their side. Can’t “Slaughter all these innocents” on his own. He needs the Constitution and a few liberal Helios Kristos to support and condone this “EVIL” American practice of “murdering and marketing” unborn children and allowing “YOUR” President ot give his stock profile a “Star of Moloch/David” facelift.. No League of Defiance would be complete without a Supreme Court to enforce their Quabalist Itenary. (in my Barak Bloodline Illuminati voice. The Matrix version syncronized at the Lost City of Atlantis)

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