Saturday, January 24, 2009

President Obama Funds Overseas Abortions

A provision of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 prohibits the use of federal funds "to pay for the performance of abortions as a method of family planning, or to motivate or coerce any person to practice abortions." In what has come to be called the "Mexico City Policy," President Reagan instructed the US Agency for International Development to comply with this statutory directive in 1984. President Clinton rescinded the policy, but President George W. Bush reinstated it.

Yesterday, President Obama again rescinded the Mexico City Policy, thereby allowing nongovernmental organizations working overseas to encourage women to have abortions and to lobby foreign governments to eliminate legal protections of unborn children.

Millions of Americans don't want their tax dollars used to facilitate the killing of babies in their mothers' wombs. President Obama subordinated those Americans' desires to the objectives of the pro-abortion organizations. This is not an auspicious beginning for a president whom many thought (erroneously, in my view) would be comparatively moderate on sanctity of life issues.

FRC's comment is here. National Right to Life comments here. US Conference of Catholic Bishops comments here.

1 Comment:

Dr. C. David White said...

I appreciate not only your comments but your perspective. Our nation in a rush for change takes two steps forward and three steps back.

Not only do I not want to support the taking of innocent lives with my money, I don't want to support it at all. It matters little to be as to whether that is at home or abroad.

I would like to challenge the pastors to lead their churches in praying for our nation and presidents in every service. After more than 30 years of ministry and who knows how many church services I have yet to find a church that does this consistently.

If we want change then we must pray. We can do more than pray but we cannot do more than pray unto we have prayed!

President Reagan nullified the agreement you refer to. President Clinton reassumed support, President Bush annulled it, and now President Obama re-signed it.

Again, if we want change we must pray!