President Obama, Ms. Roe and Mr. Wade

There are of course many issues in regards to abortion, which has divided many Americans over the years concerning the Roe vs. Wade ruling by the Supreme Court back, back in 1973.  However, this is a new age of troubling times to contend with and I sincerely hope that we Americans cannot become boggled down in this touchy issue, at this time.  Instead, let’s work on fixing our economy, bring our troops back from Iraq and Afghanistan, coming up with fixes to slow down global warming and finally develop independency from foreign countries providing us with oil.

Today our President plans to sign an executive order ending the ban on federal funds for international groups that promote or perform abortions.  I support the President on this signing, but hope it will not bring out the protesters attempting to bind “church” and “state” into one nicely tight package.

What follows are excerpts from the AP Online Newswire Service, regarding the signing of the Executive Order:

Officials: Obama to reverse abortion policy

Associated Press Writers

President Barack Obama plans to sign an executive order ending the ban on federal funds for international groups that promote or perform abortions, officials told The Associated Press on Friday.

The move, long expected in the Democratic president’s first week in office, will be welcomed by liberals and criticized by abortion rights foes.

The policy bans U.S. taxpayer money, usually in the form of U.S. Agency for International Development funds, from going to international family planning groups that either offer abortions or provide information, counseling or referrals about abortion. It is also known as the “global gag rule,” because it prohibits taxpayer funding for groups that even talk about abortion if there is an unplanned pregnancy.

The move was not a surprise as both Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who will oversee foreign aid, had promised to do away with the gag rule during the presidential campaign. Clinton is to visit the U.S. Agency for International Development, through which much U.S. foreign aid is disbursed, later on Friday.

Organizations that had pressed Obama to make the abortion-ban change were jubilant.

“Women’s health has been severely impacted by the cutoff of assistance. President Obama’s actions will help reduce the number of unintended pregnancies, abortions and women dying from high-risk pregnancies because they don’t have access to family planning,” said Tod Preston, a spokesman for Population Action International, an advocacy group.


2 Responses to “President Obama, Ms. Roe and Mr. Wade”

  1. January 24, 2009 at 12:02 AM

    This will simply drive our christian-talibans into sheer rage … We better bring our boys back from Afghanistan to handle properly our home grown christian-talibans …

  2. 2 Tom Awtry
    January 24, 2009 at 12:15 AM

    Yup, very well said!

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