“Nobody’s Pro-Abortion”…well except you, Mr. President
In Pennsylvania on March 8, 2010, President Obama ended his health care reform campaign rally with a classic political battle cry about being sent to Washington to make the tough decisions and do what is right. “Those of us in public office were not sent to Washington to do what’s easy,” he continued. “We were sent there to do what was hard. We were sent there to take on the tough issues. We were sent there to solve the big challenges.”
A recent segment on one of the daily cable shows engaged in the discussion about why the abortion issue in the health care legislation is becoming such a hot political issue for the White House. It might be because the President made the decision to take the easy political road for himself instead of doing what is right and “do what was hard” by standing up against the pro-abortion lobby that helped put him into office.
Near the end of the last presidential debate on October 15, 2008, Candidate Obama declared:
“The last point I want to make on the issue of abortion. This is an issue that — look, it divides us. And in some ways, it may be difficult to — to reconcile the two views.
“But there surely is some common ground when both those who believe in choice and those who are opposed to abortion can come together and say, ‘We should try to prevent unintended pregnancies by providing appropriate education to our youth, communicating that sexuality is sacred and that they should not be engaged in cavalier activity, and providing options for adoption, and helping single mothers if they want to choose to keep the baby.’
“Those are all things that we put in the Democratic platform for the first time this year, and I think that’s where we can find some common ground, because nobody’s pro-abortion. I think it’s always a tragic situation.”
A month later, E.J. Dionne wrote on November 15, 2008 in his Washington Post column:
“Once he assumes office, Obama might be tempted to forget that moment, issue the pro-choice executive orders that the abortion rights movement expects and move back to the sagging economy. But doing this would be both politically foolish and a breach of faith with the pro-life progressives who came to Obama’s defense during the campaign. They argued that Obama truly was committed to reducing the number of abortions. He shouldn’t turn them into liars.”
E.J. Dionne went on further to show how Candidate Obama was not alone in working to convince American Catholics that voting for him would align with issues of importance to them.
“Rep. Tim Ryan, a pro-life Democrat from Ohio, stumped all over his state urging Catholic groups and others on his side of the abortion question to put their faith in Obama’s pledge. He’s confident Obama will keep it.”
Unfortunately, as you will see below, President Obama’s abortion pledge was nothing more than an election year promise he had no intention of keeping. E.J. Dionne’s prophetic caution of temptation has become a reality.
With a Catholic Vice President, 16 Catholic Democrat Senators, 9 Catholic Republican Senators, 98 Catholic Democrat House Members, and 38 Catholic Republican House Members for a total of 162 Catholics in Congress – the Catholic Advocate community needs to lift up those Catholics such as Congressman Bart Stupak and others fighting the pro-abortion policies of President Obama and hold fire to the feet of those who consistently vote against the Sanctity of Life.
LifeNews.com Editor, Steven Ertelt, recently compiled a list of “bill signings, speeches, appointments, and other actions that President Barack Obama has engaged in that have promoted abortion before and during his presidency. While Obama has promised to reduce abortions, and some of his supporters believe that will happen, this long list proves his only agenda is promoting more abortions.”
Catholic Advocate believes it is important to share Steven Ertelt’s compilation with our community to inform them about how many different ways the abortion lobby can have influence on policy through appointments, executive orders, and passing legislation in Washington, D.C.
The list follows…
During the presidential election, Obama selected pro-abortion Sen. Joe Biden as his vice-presidential running mate.
Post-Election / Pre-Inauguration
- November 5, 2008 – Obama selects pro-abortion Rep. Rahm Emanuel as his White House Chief of Staff. Emanuel has a 0% pro-life voting record according to National Right to Life.
- November 19, 2008 – Obama picks pro-abortion former Sen. Tom Daschle as his Health and Human Services Secretary. Daschle has a long pro-abortion voting record according to National Right to Life.
- November 20, 2008 – Obama chooses former NARAL legal director Dawn Johnsen to serve as a member of his Department of Justice Review Team. Later, he finalizes her appointment as the Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel in the Obama administration.
- November 24, 2008 – Obama appoints Ellen Moran, former director of the pro-abortion group Emily’s List as his White House Communications Director. Emily’s List only supports candidates who favor taxpayer funded abortions and oppose a partial-birth abortion ban.
- November 24, 2008 – Obama puts former Emily’s List board member Melody Barnes in place as his director of the Domestic Policy Council.
- November 30, 2008 – Obama names pro-abortion Sen. Hillary Clinton as the Secretary of State. Clinton has an unblemished pro-abortion voting record and has supported making unlimited abortions an international right.
- December 10, 2008 – Obama selects pro-abortion former Clinton administration official Jeanne Lambrew to become the deputy director of the White House Office of Health Reform. Planned Parenthood is “excited” about the selection.
- December 10, 2008 – Obama transition team publishes memo from dozens of pro-abortion groups listing their laundry list of pro-abortion actions they want him to take. [Note: One of the groups that helped draft the memo was the Rebecca Project for Human Rights - an organization that has previously received USCCB CCHD grants]
Pro-Abortion Presidential Record – 2009
- January 5 – Obama picks pro-abortion Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine as the chairman of the Democratic Party.
- January 6 – Obama chooses Thomas Perrelli, the lawyer who represented Terri Schiavo’s husband Michael in his efforts to kill his disabled wife, as the third highest attorney in the Justice Department.
- January 22 – Releases statement restating support for Roe v. Wade decision that allowed virtually unlimited abortions and has resulted in at least 50 million abortions since 1973.
- January 23 – Forces taxpayers to fund pro-abortion groups that either promote or perform abortions in other nations. Decison to overturn Mexico City Policy sends part of $457 million to pro-abortion organizations.
- January 26 – Obama nominee for Deputy Secretary of State, James B. Steinberg, tells members of the Senate that taxpayers should be forced to fund abortions. Nominee erroneously says limits on abortion funding are unconstitutional.
- January 29 – President Obama nominates pro-abortion David Ogden as Deputy Attorney General.
- February 12 – Obama nominates pro-abortion Elena Kagan to serve as Solicitor General.
- February 27 – Starts the process of overturning pro-life conscience protections President Bush put in place to make sure medical staff and centers are not forced to do abortions.
- February 28 – Barack Obama nominates pro-abortion Kathleen Sebelius to become Secretary of Health and Human Services.
- March 5 – The Obama administration shuts out pro-life groups from attending a White House-sponsored health care summit. Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion business, made the invitation list as did other pro-abortion groups.
- March 9 – President Barack Obama signs an executive order forcing taxpayer funding of embryonic stem cell research.
- March 10 – Obama announces the creation of a new foreign policy position to focus on women’s issues. He names Melanne Verveer, an abortion advocate, to occupy the post.
- March 10 – Reverses an executive order to press for more research into ways of obtaining embryonic stem cells without harming human life. The order Obama scrapped would have promoted new forms of stem cell research.
- March 11 – Obama signs an executive order establishing a new agency within his administration known as the White House Council on Women and Girls. Obama’s director of public liaison at the White House, Tina Tchen, an abortion advocate, becomes director of it.
- March 11 – Obama administration promotes an unlimited right to abortion at a United Nations meeting.
- March 11 – Obama administration officials deny negative effects of abortion at United Nation’s meeting.
- March 17 – President Barack Obama makes his first judicial appointment and names pro-abortion federal Judge David Hamilton to serve on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
- March 26 – President Obama announces $50 million for the UNFPA, the UN population agency that has been criticized for promoting abortion and working closely with Chinese population control officials who use forced abortions and involuntary sterilizations.
- April 7 – The Vatican has rejected three Obama ambassador nominees because of their positions in favor of abortions.
- April 7 – Obama names pro-abortion law professor Harold Hongju Koh as the top lawyer for the State Department.
- April 7 – Puts more abortion advocates on his White House advisory council for faith-based issues.
- April 8 – Obama nominee for assistant attorney general for legislative affairs, Ron Weich, is pro-abortion.
- April 14 – Obama administration releases document that claims pro-life people may engage in violence or extremism.
- April 17 – Obama administration releases the proposed guidelines that implement his decision to allow taxpayer funding of embryonic stem cell research that involves the destruction of human life.
- April 23 – Refuses to appeal a ruling requiring the FDA to allow 17-year-old girls to purchase the morning after pill without either a doctor visit or parental involvement beforehand.
- April 27 – Obama’s women’s ambassador Melanne Verveer touts Obama’s decision to send $50 million to the United Nation’s Population Fund.
- May 5 – Details emerge about a terrorism dictionary the administration of President Barack Obama put together in March. The Domestic Extremism Lexicon calls pro-life advocates violent and claims they employ racist overtones in engaging in criminal actions.
- May 8 – President Obama releases a new budget that allows the Legal Services Corporation to use tax dollars to pay for pro-abortion litigation.
- May 8 – President Obama’s new budget calls for taxpayer funded abortions in the nation’s capital.
- May 8 – President Obama’s budget eliminates all federal funding for abstinence-only education.
- May 15 – Appoints pro-abortion New York City health commissioner Thomas Frieden as head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- May 17 – During his commencement speech at Notre Dame, Obama deceives listeners into thinking he wants a conscience clause, promoted embryonic stem cell research and misstates his pro-abortion record.
- May 26 – Appoints appeals court judge Sonia Sonotmayor as a Supreme Court nominee. Sotomayor agrees that the courts should make policy, such as the Roe v. Wade case. Sotomayor is later opposed by pro-life groups and supported by pro-abortion groups and those who know her say she will support abortion on the high court.
- July 2- Calls for an unlimited right to abortion at a United Nation’s meeting.
- July 7- The Obama administration admits it ignored the majority of Americans who opposed the proposed guidelines that would implement Obama’s decision to force taxpayers to fund embryonic stem cell research.
- July 14 – Obama science czar nominee John Holdren is revealed to have written before that he favors forced abortions.
- July 30 – Awards several pro-abortion activists with the 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom.
- July 31 – Tells the National Institutes of Health to adopt rules that allow embryonic stem cell research.
- August 4 – Information becomes public that Ezekiel Emanuel, an Obama advisor at the Office of Management and Budget and a member of Federal Council on Comparative Effectiveness Research, supports rationing health care for disabled Americans that could lead to euthanasia.
- August 6 – Obama is criticized for asking people to “snitch” on groups and people who oppose the pro-abortion health care bills in Congress.
- August 13 – Obama wrongly says a senator backed the pro-euthanasia components of the health care bill.
- August 23 – Says pro-life advocates are making “phony claims” about the health care bills. Also says the claims are false.
- August 24 – Releases veterans guide promoting euthanasia.
- September 13 – Misleads on the federal conscience clause in a health care speech and misleads on abortion funding.
- September 13 – Obama waits two days to comment on shooting of pro-life advocate whereas he commented immediately on shooting of abortion practitioner.
- September 15 – Senate confirms Obama’s new regulatory czar Cass Sunstein, who is pro-abortion.
- October 5 – Selects pro-abortion lawyer and Georgetown University law professor Chai Feldblum for the EEOC.
- October 5 – Anounces he will give the keynote speech for pro-abortion group Human Rights Campaign.
- October 19 – Obama’s serve.gov web site promotes the Planned Parenthood abortion business.
- October 21 – Obama administration web site promotes pro-abortion health care bills.
- November 6 – Endorses the House version of the health care bill that, at the time, contains massive abortion funding, rationing and assisted suicide promotion.
- November 26 – Copies Thanksgiving proclamation of President Bush but leaves out pro-life message.
- December 2 – Authorizes taxpayer funding for embryonic stem cell research that kills days-old unborn children.
- December 3 – A pro-abortion Obama judicial pick, Louis Butler, is approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
- December 7 – Announces his endorsement of the pro-abortion Senate health care bill.
- December 16 – Obama administration forces Americans a second time to spend millions more on embryonic stem cell research that destroys human life.
- December 17 – Signs a bill that overturned the 13-year-long ban on funding abortions with tax dollars in the nation’s capital.
Pro-Abortion Presidential Record – 2010
- January 18 – Gives speech supporting pro-abortion Senate candidate Martha Coakley.
- January 26 – Renominates radical pro-abortion activist Dawn Johnsen to a top Justice Department position.
- January 28 – Promotes the pro-abortion health care bill in the State of the Union address.
- February 2 – Submits new budget calling for taxpayer funding of abortions and more money for Planned Parenthood.
- February 5 – The Obama administration issues a new order for the U.S. military requiring all military hospitals and health centers to stock the morning after pill.
- February 8 – The Obama administration admits it improperly conducted a threat assessment on pro-life groups in Wisconson who were preparing to rally against a new abortion center at a University of Wisconsin health clinic.
- February 16 – White House visitor logs reveal Obama has gien Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards frequent access to top staffers.
- February 22 – Unveils changes to the pro-abortion health care bill that keep abortion funding, expands abortion funding, and require a monthly abortion fee on Americans.
- February 24 – Obama administration proposes expanding embryonic stem cell research further.
- February 26 – Obama selects pro-abortion magistrate judge Timothy Black for the District Court Bench for the Southern District of Ohio. Black gets the endorsement of NARAL.
- March 3 – Officially decides to use the controversial reconciliation procedure to pass the pro-abortion health care bill over the filibuster rights of those opposed.
By Matt Smith, Vice President of Catholic Advocate
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