However, amidst this flurry of signed policies and rapid reversals of 43's agenda, President Obama has lifted the ban on giving US money (internationally) to groups who either provide abortion services themselves or provide information to direct people to abortion clinics. The ban has been called "The Mexico City Policy."
Here's Obama's words on it:
"For too long, international family planning assistance has been used as a political wedge issue, the subject of a back and forth debate that has served only to divide us. I have no desire to continue this stale and fruitless debate. In the coming weeks, my administration will initiate a fresh conversation on family planning, working to find areas of common ground to best meet the needs of women and families at home and around the world."
Now, at least we can say he's consistent on honest on this issue. He does have a voting history replete with bills against allowing babies to live. He has made several promises to pro-choice-for-abortion groups that he would, for example, sign the "Freedom of Choice Act," a grotesquely misnamed bill that would pare back almost every limitation put on Roe vs. Wade since 1973.
Even so, I'm astounded at his words. His contention seems to be that those who don't side with him are dragging out a long-dead issue, dividing American into pieces in the process. His "fresh conversation" will only occur on his terms, where the fact of abortion is assumed and thus no longer up for debate as to its morality.
It's like a husband who has stopped questioning whether it's wrong to beat his wife, and only asks himself now how large a stick is fair to use.
Backing the President are two other statements that I find equally appalling. They are, respectively, made by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator John Kerry:
"[the ban] will help save lives and empower the poorest women and families to improve their quality of life and their future."
"Today's announcement is a very powerful signal to our neighbors around the world that the United States is once again back in the business of good public policy and ideology no longer blunts our ability to save lives around the globe."
I understand that what they are saying, is, in a sense, true. Some women's lives will be saved because of this act. But to say broadly, without qualification, that reversing the Mexico City ban will "save lives" is an atrocious lie.
The reversal of the ban will have the net effect of ending many thousands, perhaps tens of thousands of lives (perhaps more). Contrary to what our leaders are telling us, this public policy decision actually enables us to kill more people, not save them.
This, sadly, is not where it ends. The ban was on using public money to fund these groups. Now, our tax dollars will be used to perform abortions all over the world.
I do not think that this is a situation that deserves pretty words and cordial eloquence. As per previous posts, I still believe that the above-mentioned people have deliberately violated human rights. They are oppressing a minority group; a group with no voice to represent itself whatsoever. By the stroke of a pen, by the implementation of an insidious policy, they are choosing to end the lives of countless people.
(quotes can be found here)