Reversal of Mexico City policy off the table for anniversary of Roe v. Wade

UPDATE: Obama signature reversing Mexico City policy brings quick condemnation.

SECOND UPDATE: Cardinal Rigali calls decision “very disappointing.

Despite some expectations that President Barack Obama would issue an executive order reversing the Mexico City policy on Jan. 22, it apparently isn’t going to happen, at least not today, the anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

The policy prohibits recipients of U.S. foreign aid from promoting or providing abortions. It was established by President Ronald Reagan in 1984, reversed by President Bill Clinton in 1993 and reestablished under President George W. Bush in 2001. Clinton and Bush each took their actions on Jan. 22.

A reversal of the policy is almost certainly going to be ordered, perhaps as soon as tomorrow. But in contacts with some Catholic leaders, representatives of the administration signaled that Obama is trying to be at least sensitive to timing, by declining to announce such a change while abortion protesters were marching in Washington and elsewhere.

Some Catholic leaders who have been in touch with Obama’s staff this week encouraged the administration to pair any such orders — which they see as a rollback of progress against abortion — with an announcement about new efforts to aid pregnant women, or otherwise help reduce demand for abortion.

Late in the day Obama issued a statement reaffirming his commitment to “protecting a woman’s right to choose.” He added that “while this is a sensitive and often divisive issue, no matter what our views, we are united in our determination to prevent unintended pregnancies, reduce the need for abortion and support women and families in the choices they make. To accomplish these goals, we must work to find common ground to expand access to affordable contraception, accurate health information and preventative services.”

The statement concluded by saying “we must also recommit ourselves more broadly to ensuring that our daughters have the same rights and opportunities as our sons” including access to education, fulfilling careers, to be treated fairly and paid equally “and to have no limits on their dreams.”

3 Responses

  1. We keep vigilante.
    We fight for our rights.
    We try to keep the conscientious objection clause.
    We be peaceful and write those letters to congress and also tell them we will be watching you.
    We need someone to do studies regarding Natrual Family Planning vs. Planned Parenthood.
    We need to find what naturally works for our society.
    When the guy who said he never intended his discovery which went into artificial contraception to be used as it is today then we need to look at ourselves and find out how we got here and what we can do about it.
    We go green then we have to save the Human Being as Pope Benedict has stated.
    We cannot go back we must move foreward.
    Planned Parenthood agrees just so far regarding teenage pregnancy but their trump they are throwing is that families dont have enough money for contraception.
    We need a study done in order to see where this country is going and what is best.
    We need to phase out contraceptive mentality if it is effecting humanity so the only way to do this is to understand what works best for our way of life.
    Unless you have concrete evidence which I know the Church has and present it they are not giving in.
    They will continue as they always have for over 30 years.
    Facts and figures must be presented. Yes, Im aware of the moral implications and they must always apply otherwise your nation falls. Its been repeated throughout history. The rise and fall of nations.

  2. WE SHOULD ALL LOVE LIFE AT EVERY STAGE………..
    wHAT IN HEAVENS NAME IS WRONG WITH US…
    IS NOT BAD STILL BAD AND GOOD STILL GOOD..
    in life today the path to no rest is still wide and well
    trodden……PLEASE STILL CALL WHAT IS EVIL..
    ……………………………BAD……….NOT GOOD!!!

  3. Because of his abortion defense Obama
    should be empeached and the trial should
    begin before more unborn lives are lost.

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