On January 23, 2009, a day after the 36th commemoration of the landmark decision of the Supreme Court to legalize abortion in USA and 3 days after his inauguration, Pres. Barack Obama reversed the Mexico City Policy—the ban against funding of international groups performing abortions.
“The Mexico City Policy specifies that federal funds for family planning are made available to non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that agree not to perform or promote abortion as a method of family planning in other countries.”—http://ww.nchla.org
A setback to pro-lifers who defend the rights of the unborn and promote respect for the human life, USA opens its door to more programs for population control (family planning) and termination of pregnancy (abortion) abroad at the expense of American tax payers. This was the same liberal policy Pres. Bill Clinton followed when he came to the White House in 1993. In support of the unborn, it was reversed by Pres. George Bush when he assumed the presidency in 2001. Obama’s reinstitution of Clinton’s policy in 2009 is a step towards the enactment of the greater pro-abortion legislation, the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) which will be decided in congress. This is part of the social engineering critics have predicted with the new administration.
Vatican Protests Obama’s decision
The Vatican expressed objection to Obama’s pro-abortion stance and support of the culture of death. The same objection is expected when the new administration announces its unbridled pursuit for stem cell research—using human embryos which is against Catholic doctrine.
Monsignor Rino Fisichella, who heads the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy for Life, asked 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.”—GMANews (01/24/05) (Photo Credit: Stanley Lansano/ AngkorWatDemon PD) =0=
Depiction of Demon Performing Abortion, Wall of Angkor Wat, Cambodia