Trump Reinstitutes Mexico City Policy

Monday, January 23, AD 2017

 

 

Bravo for President Trump:

 

 

President Donald Trump signed an executive action on Monday reinstating the so-called Mexico City Policy, which bars international non-governmental organizations that perform or promote abortions from receiving US government funding.

The policy, initially put in place by the Reagan administration, was rescinded by the Obama administration in 2009.
 
Even during the Obama years, US law banned direct funding for abortion services. But NGOs that performed the procedure were allowed to receive US funding for other programs, including those related to contraception access and post-abortion care.
Now, NGOs that offer or promote abortions as part of their family planning services will be prevented from receiving any assistance from the US Agency for International Development, one of the largest contributors to international development assistance.

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  • It would be so simple. In an official Presidential Address, perferrably in prime-time- the President announces all legal elements will be utilized to overturn Roe v. Wade. Would snap GOP like a twig. Would propel him into second term. And let us not wail and gnash teeth, Planned Parenthood, et al. Many of you were among the aging feminists abandoned by party- when Hillary left at the train station- to move the Obama Express last year. The anonymous but very astute Spengler made suggestion at Asia Times. Just as GWB had tension between his Inner Gipper and his Inner Poppy, so O will have to figure out if Inner Clinton takes advantage over Inner Carter. Ideology will have to go. Sarah awaits on the horizon.

  • The President is not “first and foremost, a political animal.” He is, first and foremost, pro-abortion. And that’s why he won’t reinstate the Mexico City Policy, and why he’ll continue to fight to protect Roe, and advance abortion by every means at his disposal, even when he abandons the liberal position on every other issue.

  • Respectfully disagree Paul. Popularity is everything to this man. If abortion needs to go “under the bus” to maintain his political fortunes it will. This man can be rolled, and I think it is important to remember that. Pro-lifers need to be noisy in their opposition to every pro-abort move of this administration, and make it clear as glass that there is a polticial price to be paid.

  • I’d like you to be right, Donald, and I agree with your prescription, but as I see it, the Dems would rather lose elections than give up abortion, Obama more than anyone. Gerald is right; if the Democratic Party embraced the pro-life position, the GOP would be in the wilderness for decades (just as if the GOP were to abandon the pro-life position).

  • I don’t think you even need to be pro-life to not like the idea of your tax dollars supporting abortion overseas.

    Not shocked that this isn’t popular, but I don’t think people will make that big a deal over it either.

  • Very interesting poll numbers. I need to chew on these for a few moments. I like the fact that the American people seem to be trending towards more of a pro-life position than a pro-abortion position.

  • Politician or pro-abortion extremist? It’s an interesting question. Though I think the jury’s still out, I’d be inclined to bet on Obama’s being a pro-abortion extremist. Still, he has been backtracking lately in some areas where I wouldn’t have expected it…

    I have the idea (unsubstatiated by anything except for the fact that she once wrote a fundraising letter to fight the partial-birth abortion ban) that Michelle Obama has pretty extreme views on this issue. It will be interesting to see just how much sway (if any) she has over his decision-making.

Obama's New Politics and Abortion

Friday, January 23, AD 2009

Yesterday was the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade ruling by the Supreme Court, and also the day of the annual March For Life. It was also the anniversary of the day on which President Clinton had reversed Reagan’s Mexico City Policy, which denies US funds slated for international family planning services to any organization which provides or refers people to abortions. And the anniversary of the day on which President Bush reinstated the policy.

Given that President Obama had promised to move quickly to rescind the policy again as Clinton had, news organizations ranging from Lifesite News to NPR reported that he would probably follow his predescessor’s lead by issuing an executive order on abortion on January 22nd as well. It was thus mildly surprising when the Christian Broadcasting Network broke the story that Obama would not rescind the policy on the day of the March for Life. A few Catholic progressives got carried away and scolded their anti-Obama bretheren for jumping the gun, and it was more widely suggested this was a sign of the sort of approach Obama would take to moral issues more widely: treading slowly and granting respect to his opponents views.

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  • Another interesting note is that Obama was invited to speak or send a message to the march but declined to do so (in his defense, Republican presidents have always sent messages, but never appeared). It seems like he isn’t interested in talking to let alone listening to the voices he claims to respect, 200,000 of them…

    Matt

  • Informative essay by Dick Morris in The Hill- quoted extensively by Prof. Dr. Limbaugh on Thursday broadcast. Speculating on likely modus operendi of Obama Administration in association with Dem allies on Capitol Hill. Burying messy controversial stuff- Fairness Doctrine, etc.- on page 474 of Bank Bailout Aid To Kumquat Growers And Other Stuff Bill. Maybe how FOCA will be sent forth, buried under language even the most dedicated legislator will not read in advance. Or as Roberta Flack sang in 70s- killing me softly with his song. Beware soft singers with big authority.

  • but I suspect this is pretty much the compromise that we will get from President Obama on the abortion issue throughout his presidency: He will consent to avoid humiliating us in the most obvious ways, but will not actually change his agenda in the process.

    Exactly. We’ll get token nods that he “respects” our views, will not go out of his way to poke his finger in our eyes, and then he will go ahead with policies that our anathema to us.

    In this way, Obama may prove to be the polar opposite of GWB. Whereas Bush’s rhetoric left pro-lifers looking for more, the actual policies related to abortion were what we wanted.

    I really hope no one is naive enough to be taken in by Obama waiting an extra day to implement pernicious policies.

  • I’m pleased that President Obama recognizes that we can defend ourselves and respect the dignity of those who mean us harm, but I wish and hope that one day he recognizes that we can defend women’s rights and respect the dignity of those not yet born.

  • Kyle,

    You should write a letter to the President making that very point. Excellent observation.

  • For a while, I was skeptical, but somewhat optimistic that I had judged Obama too harshly and maybe he was capable of being bipartisan and pragmatic. Then again, I realized why I have a tendency to be skeptical. This is horrid; expected, but still very very terrible. This is not “common ground.”

    And yes, Kyle — I’m a paying member of FFL (Feminists for Life of America) and that’s one of the mottos: to be pro-woman is to be pro-life.

  • I’m not sure why it seems to be expected that pro-lifers should be grateful to have their noses rubbed in the President’s hard-core pro-abortion policies on the day after the Roe v. Wade anniversary instead of on it. The implication is that abortion is really no big deal and not “humiliating” pro-lifers (as if not being humiliated were what the movement was about) is a more-than-acceptable “compromise”–so now won’t you irritating Bible thumpers please acknowledge our new President’s magnanimity, then go away quietly?

    Not too long ago I came across an article by Jill Stanek in which she described some of her exchanges with the President regarding the Illinois BAIPA. As she told it, after her testimony about infants being left to die after late abortions, Christ Hospital sought to avoid embarrassment by outfitting a “comfort room” where that parents of those infants could, if desired, sit comfortably and hold their aborted babies until death. When she mentioned the room disparagingly during subsequent testimony, she was scolded by Obama for not really caring about the comfort of these dying children.

    I don’t know what the facts of that story are, but judging from the evident attitude that “We will do what we will, and you must thank us for any scrap we may toss your way, however cosmetic” I have to conclude that it at least has the ring of plausibility.

    Killing third-world babies and imposing forced abortion on powerless women is no big deal, and we accomplished it while being nice to the pro-lifers, too. What a prince of a guy.

    –Yet another FFLer

  • Further proof that there is a God and that clear minds prevail. How scary it must be to the religious radicals on the right that Obama actually puts serious thought into how a policy actually impacts women’s health and their right to make their own reproductive decisions.
    Strengthening pro-choice positions—check
    Next up; stem cell research and true separation of you [censured] from government!

    [Ed. Keep the comments civil, keep the name-calling to zero. This isn’t the Daily Kos]

  • Obama-Can,

    As a male why is it that I have no rights whatsoever as a father to my unborn child that I co-created with my wife? What if men took a similar attitude to challenge child support? What right does anyone decide how my money is spent that i work for. Is my paycheck protected by the right of privacy? OK, I see now. First I loose any chance to protect my unborn child and now I can expect a true seperation from me and government. I should just keep paying my taxes and shut up. Now this is change and the dawn of a new kind of politics.

  • Hello, I want to apologize for not recognizing the Moloch post was satire. There are some pro-aborts that admit abortion is a religion to them, but now I see that you and I are on the side of life. Please accept my apology.