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A Record of the Obama Assault on Life
- Even prior to his ascension, Barack Obama lays for the foundation for a radical, pro-abortion administration by appointing Rep. Rahm Emanuel as Chief of Staff. Emanuel built a perfect zero record on pro-Life issues while in Congress.
- Among many outrageous appointments, the president-elect appoints Thomas Perrelli on January 6th to serve as a Deputy Attorney General. Perelli represented Terri Schiavo’s husband in his obsessive campaign to kill his disabled wife.
- On January 23rd, President Obama issues Executive Order rescinding the Mexico City Policy. This decision forces the American taxpayer to be complicit in exporting abortions to other nations.
- President Obama moves on February 27, 2009 to wipe out conscience protections for health care providers.
- The very next day, the President picks Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius to be his Secretary of Health & Human Services. Over the course of her confirmation process, it is revealed that she failed to pay income taxes, and attempted to deceive senators about her extensive personal and political association with notorious late-term abortionist George Tiller. She was nevertheless confirmed by the Senate in late April.
- As part of his economic “stimulus” plan, the President demands (and receives) $1 billion to create the Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology – laying the groundwork to ration medicine and health care under his emerging plans for health care “reform”.
- On March 9th, Obama signs an Executive Order allowing federal funds for use in “research” projects on human embryo stem cells, collected through the destruction of new human life.
- In a major reversal of U.S. policy, the Obama Administration goes to the United Nations and promotes an unlimited right to abortion. As part of their case for abortion-on-demand, U.S. representatives deny any negative effects from abortion. (March 11, 2009).
- The president makes his first judicial appointment and picks Judge David Hamilton to sit on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. Hamilton has a long and lurid record of supporting abortion-on-demand.
- On March 26, 2009, the new president announces a $50 million “gift” to UNFPA – despite the organization’s compromised record of assisting the Chinese government coerce women into undergoing abortions.
- In April Obama’s Food & Drug Administration supports an expansion of Emergency Contraception (aka Plan B) to teenage girls.
- On April 29th, Planned Parenthood Federation issues a public statement giving President Obama an “A” for his first 100 days in office.
- On May 17th, at a speech before graduates at Notre Dame University, President Obama reiterated his pacification mantra of “finding common ground” by reducing the number of abortions. The following Wednesday, his Administration, under the leadership of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, secures House approval of the “Office of Global Women’s Issues”. Ms. Clinton has proclaimed her belief that abortion rights are a fundamental policy goal.
- Rep. Chris Smith offers an amendment in committee trying to prevent the new women’s office from being used as a platform to export abortion across the globe. Ms. Clinton led efforts to beat back the amendment on a 17-22 vote. The House approves the measure in June.
- Obama’s Attorney General, Eric Holder, pounces on the Tiller slaying by proposing an expansion of “Hate Crimes” laws so that it would apply to violence against abortionists. On June 16th, Holder addresses a group of liberal lawyers calling for the need to increase federal powers to prosecute violence “masquerading as political activism”.
- Pro-Life activists condemn President Obama’s call for a revision of the 2010 budget for the District of Columbia so that DC’s local government can pay for abortions.
- During his national “town hall” on ABC, President Obama tries to persuade Americans that his proposed revision of the nation’s health care system is good and cheaper. In response to a question, Obama suggests that one way to cut costs is to stop expensive and “ultimately futile” procedures performed on people with life-threatening conditions. The LA Times quotes him as saying, “Maybe you’re better off not having the surgery, but taking the painkiller”. (06.26.09).
- In testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor, pronounces abortion rights as “settled law” (07.14.09). She is later confirmed by the U.S. Senate to the Court.
- On the same day, President Obama publicly praised the House Democrats’ health care reform legislation, which includes public funding of abortion-on-demand. Polling released by Rasmussen found that 49% of Americans opposed the legislation, while 46% supported his proposals.
- President Obama addresses the nation from the Well of the House – the most hallowed ground of the American Republic – and attempts to mislead the nation by pronouncing that his health care legislation will not include taxpayer funding of abortions. Yet every study by pro-Life groups demonstrates that the language is a cleverly devised back-door mechanism. On October 24th, the AP finally confirms that HR3200 “would create a new stream of federal funding [for abortions] not covered by the restrictions [of the Hyde Amendment].”
- The U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops issues a public letter to members of the Congress, promising that they will vigorously oppose ObamaCare unless it is stripped of abortion funding.
- A new Rasmussen Poll released on October 21 found that President Obama’s approval rating hit its second lowest point since January. 47% of voters say that approve of his performance, while 53% disapprove, 40% strongly so.
- Over the weekend of October 24th, Leader Reid claims that he is close to 60 senate votes for a “public option” health care bill that includes taxpayer-financing of abortion; Speaker Pelosi says she has about 210 Democrat votes for a similar bill in the U.S. House – just eight short of the votes necessary to enact ObamaCare.
(Reid declares during the week of November 2nd that he likely won’t get the bill done before Christmas).
- As the U.S. Congress considers its version of ObamaCare, Rasmussen publishes polling data showing that President Obama’s disapproval ratings (51%) outpace his favorability ratings (49%). The firm also providing tracking data on the public’s support for ObamaCare. As of the weekend of November 7th, 54% of Americans oppose the health care overhaul – while just 42% support the Democrat vision for a “new America”.
Nevertheless, the U.S. House of Representatives gave final approval to H.R. 3962 by a vote of 220-215. All but one House Republicans voted against the measure (Joseph Cao), joined by 39 Democrats.
In the lead-up to the long Saturday session, the Rules Committee met late into Friday night fending off dozens of proposed amendments. At 1 am, Democrat Bart Stupak and Republican Joe Pitts gained permission from Speaker Pelosi to present a pro-Life amendment to the bill which would ban tax-funding of abortions, after holding firm in their threat to oppose consideration of the bill.
The Stupak-Pitts Amendment is adopted by the full House on a vote of 240 ayes to 194 nays.
- On December 2, the National Institute of Health announced that they had prepared 13 new batches of embryonic stem cells for research projects. The cell lines were cultivated from stem cells harvested from pre-born babies killed for the purposes of research – presumably by the government itself. President Obama lifted restrictions on federal funding for this kind of cannibalistic research early in his assumption of power.
Meanwhile, the Washington Times reports (12.06.09) that several Massachusetts firms have had great success in cultivating stem cells from non-destructive methods. ACT has harvested a single stem cell from a living embryo that is providing material for their research into curing blindness. Another firm, Biocell Center, is using stem cells harvested from amniotic fluid.
- On March 23, 2010, President Obama signs his health reform legislation which contains massive government funding for abortions, as well as billions in new subsidies for Planned Parenthood through new health care clinics.
The next day, Obama signs an Executive Order as per an agreement with Michigan’s Bart Stupak. The order purports to ban public funding of abortions. Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards dismisses the order as “a symbolic gesture to … Stupak”.
- On March 25, 2010, Rasmussen reports that 55% of Americans support repeal of ObamaCare, with 59% of seniors backing repeal.
- March 30, 2010: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton blasts the Canadian government for not including abortion in its international efforts to reduce maternal death rates:
“I’m not going to speak for what Canada decides, but I will say that I’ve worked in this area for many years. And if we’re talking about maternal health, you cannot have maternal health without reproductive health. And reproductive health includes contraception and family planning and access to legal, safe abortion.”
A study published earlier in the month directly contradicts Clinton’s ideological commitment to ubiquitous abortion: Dr. Elard Koch of the University of Chile reported findings of a drastic reduction in maternal deaths in his nation, despite abortion being outlawed in that nation:
“The study provides evidence that the legal status of therapeutic abortion is not related with maternal mortality reduction,” Koch said.
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