Mexico City Policy Reversed -- Predictable Change

Sometimes change is very predictable and such is the case for President Barack Obama nullifying the Mexico City Policy one day after the memorial of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton. Yesterday's 36th memorial of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, the two U.S. Supreme Court decisions which legalized abortion through all nine months of pregnancy, has already resulted in more than 50 million unborn children losing their lives. Now, President Obama has reversed the Mexico City Policy which will pay for abortions overseas.

The Mexico City Policy was instituted by President Reagan in 1984 and also adopted by the subsequent Republican presidents. This policy denied U.S. population-control funding to organizations that "perform or actively promote abortion" in foreign countries. The effect of President Obama's action will be to re-direct a substantial amount of U.S. "population assistance" funds away from overseas groups that avoid involvement in abortion and into the hands of groups that are committed to the expansion of abortion.

The Mexico City Policy never lowered the amount of federal funding given to overseas family planning; it merely ensured that organizations who provided and promoted abortions internationally didn't receive any of that funding.

Right to Life of Michigan President Barbara Listing said, "Before President Barack Omaba took the oath of office he stated his support for promoting programs to 'reduce abortions.' Giving our tax dollars to organizations which provide and promote abortions in other countries will not reduce abortions. What I know to be true is that abortion is a business; a business which preys on mothers in their darkest hours."

Right to Life of Michigan will peacefully and respectfully continue supporting mothers facing an unplanned pregnancy by promoting true choices which include the resources to parent or the heroic option of adoption. Abortion is not worthy of a woman on any continent. Nothing good can come from the United States paying for the abortions of women in other counties.

Listing said, "This change is not for the better. This change does not bring hope to women. This change will only result in unborn children being denied the inherent right to life and leave mothers stricken with the devastating aftermath of abortion."

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