The order comes the day after the 36th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion in the United States.
It reverses the "Mexico City policy," initiated by President Reagan in 1984, canceled by President Clinton and reinstated by President George W. Bush in 2001.
The policy, referred to by critics as "the global gag rule," was initially announced at a population conference in Mexico City.
The policy says that any organization receiving U.S. family planning funds from the U.S. Agency for International Development cannot offer abortions or abortion counseling.
It's bad enough that we go into communities and among cultures where children are still valued highly, where mothers--many of them Catholic--would desperately like better maternity care to help them when they give birth, but are instead handed a pack of pills or an injection of Norplant--along with lies, sometimes, about what these are or what they will do.
But now the push to get women in developing nations to embrace the culture of death can't end with contraception. No, the ugliness of the human-haters won't be satisfied until there's an American-funded abortion clinic in every corner of the globe.So he waited, President Obama did, until the day after the Roe v. Wade anniversary to sign Planned Parenthood's global permission slip. He waited until the crowds had left and the protesters had gone home. But there was never any question that he would give the death-eaters exactly what they wanted; he's always been one of them. And his abortion agenda, to increase abortion at home and abroad, to fund it and encourage it and promote it and spread it, has always been clearly advertised--but plenty of people didn't want to believe it.
How could a man who ran on a campaign of "Hope" possibly be so committed to the most hopeless, lifeless, soulless act a human can possibly commit against another human? they wondered. And some of them convinced themselves that he wasn't, really, that it was all just rhetoric, just empty words like the Republicans' pro-life slogans.
Except that the Republicans' "empty words" were really deeds, like reinstating the Mexico City policy in the first place. And the rhetoric of Barack Obama is deadly--because by it he plans to keep on exporting the culture of death.