Broken Promises: Obama’s Plan to Reduce Abortion

In a hypocritical albeit unsurprising move today, President Obama signed an executive order lifting the Mexico City Policy. Implemented by Reagan in 1984, the policy restricts federal family planning funds from being distributed to foreign non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that perform abortions or “actively promote” abortion as a means of family planning. A foreign NGO could access these funds provided it did not perform or promote abortion in its family planning programs.

To clarify, “actively promote” meant to encourage women to have an abortion, or conduct public health campaigns advertising it. NGOs could still refer abortions in the case of rape, incest, or if the woman’s life was endangered and not violate the Mexico City Policy. Furthermore, it allowed women to receive post-abortive treatment, regardless if the abortion was legal. The nearly half billion dollars appropriated for family planning programs served to legitimately protect women will now be funneled to pro-abort groups and undeniably increase abortions worldwide.

But let’s not forget, last year Obama stated he would work to reduce the number of abortions. He hoped to find “common ground” with the pro-life movement. But in speaking at a Planned Parenthood meeting, he made it clear that any semblance of compromise was non-existent, “[t]here will always be people, many of good will, who do not share my view on the issue of choice. On this fundamental issue, I will not yield, and Planned Parenthood will not yield…”

Now that Obama has rescinded the Mexico City Policy, Planned Parenthood wasted no time in issuing a statement commending the President, “[Obama’s] repeal of the global gag rule ends eight long years of policies that have blocked access to basic health care for women worldwide. . . . [W]e can clearly say that thanks to President Obama, it truly is a new day for women’s health.”

Apparently not encouraging abortions prevented basic health care for women. Who knew?

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