President Barack Obama's Record on Life

On the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, President Barack Obama issued a statement in support of  Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court case which together with Doe v. Bolton legalized abortion on demand through all nine months of pregnancy in the United States. Without any thought to the unborn child, President Obama ended his statement expressing support for Roe and Doe by saying, "Because this is a country where everyone deserves the same freedom and opportunities to fulfill their dreams."  When considering children preparing to be born, President Obama has a record that's hostile to the right to life. Dreams can only be realized with life.

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Supreme Court

President Obama appointed pro-abortion advocates Elena Kagan (2010) and Sonia Sotomayor (2009) to the U.S. Supreme Court. As a key political aide to President Clinton, Kagan helped direct a political strategy that blocked the enactment of a ban on partial-birth abortions during the Clinton Administration. Sotomayor had previously helped direct the litigation projects of a private organization that filed multiple pro-abortion lawsuits, including challenges to parental notification requirements.

Health care law

In 2010, President Obama narrowly won enactment of a massive health care law ("Obamacare") that will result in federal funding of health plans that pay for elective abortion, and will lead to large-scale rationing of lifesaving medical treatments. Obama actively worked with pro-abortion members of Congress to prevent effective prolife language from becoming part of the final law.

Funding Abortion Providers

In 2011, President Obama indicated he would veto the entire federal spending bill -- forcing a government shutdown -- rather than accept a provision cutting funding to Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion provider. The Obama Administration later blocked efforts by several states to cut off government funds to Planned Parenthood.

Embryo-Destroying Research

In March 2009, President Obama issued an executive order to allow federal funding of research that requires the killing of human embryos.

Sex-Selection Abortion

In May, 2012, the White House announced President Obama’s opposition to a bill to prohibit the use of abortion to kill an unborn child simply because the child is not of the sex desired by the parents. The White House said that the government should not "intrude" on "private family matters" (H.R. 3541).

Abortion Funding

In 2011, the Obama White House issued formal veto threats against the Protect Life Act (H.R. 358), a bill that would repeal the abortion-expanding provisions of the 2010 Obamacare law, and the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (H.R. 3), a bill to permanently prohibit any federal program from funding elective abortions.

International Abortion Advocacy

In 2009, President Obama ordered U.S. funding of private organizations that perform and promote abortion overseas. His Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, told Congress that the Administration would advocate world-wide that "reproductive health includes access to abortion."

Conscience Protection

In February 2011, the Obama Administration rescinded a regulation that had been issued by the Bush Administration, which would have protected health-care providers from being penalized for refusing to participate in providing abortions. In 2012, the Administration issued a "final rule" to force many groups, including religious schools and hospitals, to provide health plans covering certain drugs and procedures, even if it violates their religious and moral convictions.

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