Obama Approves Funding Abortions Worldwide

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By Rodney Drinnen, Worthy News National Correspondent

WASHINGTON D.C., USA (Worthy News) -- Pro-life activists were weighing their options Monday, January 26, after President Barack Obama signed an executive order ending the ban on federal funds for international groups that perform abortions or provide information on the option.

Obama reportedly signed it quietly, without coverage by the media, late on Friday afternoon, January 23, a contrast to the midday signings with fanfare of executive orders on other subjects earlier in the week.

The decision was welcomed by abortion rights groups, but condemned by several conservative organizations.

"When we wake up every morning to a deepening financial crisis, it is an insult to the American people to bail out the abortion industry," said  Charmaine Yoest, president of 'Americans United for Life', in a statement.

Anti-abortion activist Jim Brown of Louisville said about Obama: "He’s claiming to be a devout Christian, but how can he be when he is all for killing babies?"

Brown earlier led a group of high school students along a route marched by pro-life activists up Capitol Hill last week, to mark the 36th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade that legalized abortion.


The ban overruled by Obama is known as the "Mexico City policy." It has been reinstated, and then reversed, by Republican and Democratic presidents since Republican President Ronald Reagan established it in 1984.

Democrat Bill Clinton ended the ban in 1993, but Republican George W. Bush re-instituted it in 2001 as one of his first acts in office saying: "It is my conviction that taxpayer funds should not be used to pay for abortions or advocate or actively promote abortion, either here or abroad."

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 lobby to legalize abortion or promote it as a family planning method. However, critics of the policy claim the policy also impacts organizations in developing nations who, besides abortions, also provide women access to general health care and contraceptives.


Barack Obama's decision to repeal the ban, came amid pressure from several abortion rights groups, including Planned Parenthood, a health care provider and advocacy organization.  "With the stroke of a pen, President Obama has lifted the stranglehold on women’s health across the globe," said Cecile Richards, Planned Parenthood’s president.

"No longer will health care providers be forced to choose between receiving family planning funding and restricting the health care services they provide to women," she added in published remarks.

In a move related to the lifting of the abortion rule, Obama was also expected to restore funding to the controversial United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), probably in the next budget.

The Bush administration had barred U.S. money from the fund, claiming t its work in China supported a Chinese family planning policy of coercive abortion and involuntary sterilization. UNFPA has denied that it does.

"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.


Pro-Life groups criticized the move."President Obama not long ago told the American people that he would support policies to reduce abortions, but today he is effectively guaranteeing more abortions by funding groups that promote abortion as a method of population control," said Douglas Johnson, legislative director of the National Right to Life Committee.

In a statement that accompanied the official Presidential memorandum canceling the former abortion-related restrictions, Obama urged all parties to "end the politicization of this issue."

He said it was time for a fresh conversation on family planning and added his aides would reach out to those on all sides of this issue to achieve the goal of reducing unintended pregnancies.

During his presidential campaign, Obama was quoted as saying with regards to his two daughters, "I am going to teach them first of all about values and morals. However, if they make a mistake, I don't want them punished with a baby."

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13 thoughts on “Obama Approves Funding Abortions Worldwide”

  1. There is more than one way to win a battle-perhaps it is time to refuse to comply--if one fails or refuses to pay----there would be no money to fund this adventure---an adventure is one that gives one a thrill!
    i suppose that would mean that the government would be forced to build (more jails) to house and feed all of us---
    there has got to be a way for us who believe that abortion is murder--to stand up and be counted-it is time for some of us to come out of the closet.

    • Actually I believe the pattern M.L.K. gave us in non-violent protest, to include boycots, Peaceful demonstrations outside the White House several million strong. It would take a great deal of grass roots community organizing, but I believe it is a battle that can be won. There are a great many people Christians and others as well that oppose the shedding of innocent blood in the practice of abortion. But, they need to be brought together in unity. Yes prayer is part of the answer, but we must also take responsibility in acting on what we know to be right. All evil needs to prevail, is for good men to do nothing. Silence is consent, ask Eve's Adam. Love is an action word, and it's time to stop talking, and take action, on behalf of the innocents.

      • Amen Joe!

        Trusting God

        "Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth." Psalms 46:10

        And Filled By His Joy

        "Rejoice evermore." 1 Thessalonians 5:16

        "Pray without ceasing." 1 Thessalonians 5:17

        "In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." 1 Thessalonians 5:18

        We Pray Dear LORD, Save Our Children
        In Your Name

  2. In Obama's book The Audacity of Hope he states that until the baby is born it is just some tissue that can then be aborted. I found this argument appaling, and as a consequence I did not vote for him. I feared that he would do something like this. I am very disappointed!

  3. Poor Fellow!

    What A Terrible Burden To Carry Into Eternity, The Death Of The World's Children

    "And they caused their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire, and used divination and enchantments, and sold themselves to do evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger." 2 Kings 17:17

    Poor Mothers!

    What A Terrible Burden To Carry Through Life, Empty Arms

    "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8

    Yet, There Is Hope!

  4. You're absolutely correct Joe. How terrifying to enter eternity with this upon you. After reading this article I happened upon another with a wonderful quote by Mother Teresa and thought I would share here. My apologies if this is famous and well known but I've never heard it before. Let's continue to pray for a change of heart for those in leadership. God Bless!

    "The greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion, which is war against the child. The mother doesn't learn to love, but kills to solve her own problems. Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want."

  5. True statement there from Teresa. If a child is a problem for someone then that someone has a problem. Children are a gift from God.

  6. Reading this article makes me think of old dystopian (opposite of utopian) sci-fi movies like Soylent Green, Logan's Run, 1984.

    Obama's deceit is showing here by his sneaking things under the radar doing his "service" to those groups that funded his victory such as Planned Parenthood.

    For a good look at the foundation of Planned Parenthood, and the politics of people like Obama consider Ben Stein's film "Expelled".

    I recall in my earlier days of writing the mantra of the left that the right would enforce their views upon society and that they would give us freedom, liberty, and choice. That was always the many kettles (not pots because they are bigger) calling so many pots black for the left always through out history be it facism, socialism, communism, on over to things like Hinduism, Buddhism, force *their* "choices" upon others.

    Usually the choice is death or do it the way they want you to do it. They'll call it something else like "population control", "mercy killing", "euthanasia", "genetic profiling", but it is nothing any different than ancient south american's playing a game to put the sphere through the hoop to compete for the reward of having your head cut off for the "gods". Replace "state" with "gods" and you have the same thing.

    Welcome to the same old thing being called the new thing check out Ben Stein's "Expelled" and try Ecclesiastes too.

  7. During his presidential campaign, Obama was quoted as saying with regards to his two daughters, "I am going to teach them first of all about values and morals. However, if they make a mistake, I don't want them punished with a baby."

    baby is not a punishment OBAMA!! babies are blessing from God!! it just shows you dont know God at all.. how come you became a christian? if michelle becomes pregnant you want her to abort the baby cause its a punishment? are you saying that your two daughter is a punishment to you? I thought you were different..yeah VERY MUCH DIFFERENT! if your daughter get pregnant you want them to abort it? dont you know the pain f loosing a baby and going through operation? physically mentally and emotionally? you want your daughters to feel this? well you approved and funded abortion..i guess..yes.. your not worth to stay at the white house. you black..the house is white, im not talking about the complexion ,im talking about your dark ways! even black americans wont agree with abortion coz i known black people as good loving persons, they love their babies even without a wife. black americans do everything to protect their child.

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