Sunday, March 21, 2010

Pro-Choice? Under the Bus with You.

Wow. The pro-choice community has been a solid, solid, Obama backer since day one.

They too are expedient. The President has released a draft Executive Order laying out strict prohibitions on Federal support of abortion. He will sign as part of a health care "deal."

I went to check his position from the 2008... Looks like there is no promise there... looks pretty loose. REPRODUCTIVE CHOICE - Supports a Woman's Right to Choose: Barack Obama understands that abortion is a divisive issue, and respects those who disagree with him. However, he has been a consistent champion of reproductive choice and will make preserving women's rights under Roe v. Wade a priority as President. He opposes any constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court's decision in that case.

Not specific enough? In a speech on July 17, 2007 to planned parenthood he did promise to make "reproductive services" a part of his public health plan (Video here 1:48). "'ll be a plan that will provide ALL essential services, including reproductive services..." Everyone knows that's code for abortion services.

The restrictions in this EO are just the thing that NARAL has warned against.
Unable to make all abortion illegal, anti‐choice legislators have tried to make abortion services nearly impossible for women to obtain by imposing multiple restrictions on the right to choose. They have used the appropriations process to impose bans on the use of federal funds for abortion care in most situations. In other circumstances, they have imposed broad restrictions on how these funds may be used. For example, the federal Hyde amendment prohibits the use of public funds for abortion services unless the procedure is necessary to save the woman’s life or if the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest.
Lawmakers have also singled out abortion services for exclusion from federal health‐care plans that cover other pregnancy‐related care, jeopardizing womenʹs health and discriminating against low‐income women and women in public service. These restrictions impose significant, and in some cases insurmountable, obstacles to a womanʹs ability to exercise her constitutionally protected right to choose.

By that definition, the executive order looks pretty anti-choice to me.

Under the bus with you.

Who are the Rubes?


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