Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Obama Expected to Overturn Mexico City Policy, Fund Abortions, Thursday

President Barack Obama appeared to give the Mexico City Policy a one-day reprieve on Wednesday, even though he was expected to ditch the pro-life measure on his first day in office. Obama is expected to scrap the limit on funding groups that promote or perform abortions overseas later this week.

Obama gathered with reporters and top staffers Wednesday afternoon at the White House and was expected to announce a slate of executive orders reversing policy President Bush implemented.

Although he froze staff pay and issued an order related to Guantanamo Bay and temporarily halting prosecutions of the September 11 terrorists, the abortion order was not delivered. New White House press secretary, Robert Gibbs, indicated the orders may come in more of a piecemeal process and that more controversial orders are expected on Thursday or later. That means the Mexico City Policy, which requires the more than 600 groups that receive State Department taxpayer funding to pledge not to promote or perform abortions with it, will stay in place for another day. Full story at

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