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Author Topic Rebecca Administrator USA 1232 Posts
Posted - 01/23/2009 : 6:26:35 PM
And so it begins.
Obama lifts restrictions on abortion fundingBy Jeff Mason and Deborah Charles
quote:WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Friday lifted restrictions on U.S. government funding for groups that provide abortion services or counseling abroad, reversing a policy of his Republican predecessor George W. Bush, a spokesman said.The Democratic president's decision was a victory for advocates of abortion rights on an issue that in recent years has become a tit-for-tat policy change each time the White House shifts from one party to the other.When the ban was in place, no U.S. government funding for family planning services could be given to clinics or groups that offer abortion services or counseling in other countries even if the funds for those activities come from non-U.S. government sources.Obama signed an executive order lifting the restrictions on Friday, a White House spokesman said.It has been called the Mexico City Policy because it was unveiled at a United Nations conference there in 1984 and became one of the centerpiece social policies of the conservative administration of former President Ronald Reagan, a Republican.Critics call it the gag rule because it also cuts funds to groups that advocate or lobby for the lifting of abortion restrictions, so they say it infringes on free speech. They also say it has reduced healthcare for some of the world's poorest women.Former President Bill Clinton, a Democrat, rescinded the rule when he took office in January 1993 and his successor, Republican George W. Bush, reinstated it in January 2001.Planned Parenthood, a health care provider and advocacy group for abortion rights, welcomed the move.With the stroke of a pen, President Obama has lifted the stranglehold on women's health across the globe, Cecile Richards, the group's president, said in a statement.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.Source: reuters.com

RebeccaSeek not to understand that you may believe, but believe that you may understand. -Saint Augustine
Rebecca Administrator USA 1232 Posts

Posted - 01/24/2009 : 10:14:07 AM
A response from Rome:Vatican criticizes Obama on abortion issueVATICAN CITY (AP) — Vatican officials said Saturday they were disappointed by President Barack Obama's decision to end a ban on federal funding for international groups that perform abortions or provide information on them.Monsignor Rino Fisichella, who heads the Vatican's Pontifical Academy for Life, urged Obama to listen to all voices in America without the arrogance of those who, being in power, believe they can decide of life and death.Fisichella said in an interview published Saturday in Corriere della Sera that if this is one of President Obama's first acts, I have to say, in all due respect, that we're heading quickly toward disappointment.Obama signed an executive order that ended the ban on Friday, reversing the policy of the Bush administration.This deals a harsh blow not only to us Catholics but to all the people across the world who fight against the slaughter of innocents that is carried out with the abortion, another top official with the Academy for Life, Monsignor Elio Sgreccia, told the ANSA news agency.Among the many good things that he could have done, Barack Obama instead chose the worst, he was quoted as saying Saturday.Officials at the academy could not be reached Saturday.

RebeccaSeek not to understand that you may believe, but believe that you may understand. -Saint Augustine
Kenneth Deel Page USA 60 Posts

Posted - 02/03/2009 : 11:42:35 AM
I can't think of a quicker way to usher in the end times with more evil about our nation that to have FOCA pass.I feel so helpless, and people are NOT crying out for this legislation. So it is not even by a popular demand.Pure evil...

-Kenneth DeelLaity Catholic Demonologistwww.catholicdemonologist.comThere are no Atheist in Foxholes, nor in true (Demonic) Haunted Houses
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