President Obama is certainly making good on his campaign promise of Change. Unfortunately, that's what we pro-lifers were afraid of. The problem is, the change he promised was one of non-partisanship and building bridges..."reaching across the aisle." He has, in fact, gone the other direction. He is moving farther and farther away from the aisle by the day. On his third day in office he reversed the Mexico City Policy, an executive order signed by President Bush that banned federal tax dollars from funding international abortions. It is reported that Obama will soon lift the federal ban on funding for embryonic stem cell research. Perhaps most horrifically, he is currently working on reversing President Bush's conscience clause that protects healthcare personnel from participating in and performing abortions if they are morally objected to the procedure.
Every one of Obama's cabinet nominees are extremely anti-life. His justice department nominees include David Ogden, who in the past represented the likes of Playboy to allow their "literature" into the Library of Congress; Thomas Perrelli, who represented the husband of Terry Schiavo; and Dawn Johnsen, who years ago compared "forced childbirth" to slavery and was the legal director for NARAL. Former Emily's List board member Melody Barnes was nominated as his director of the Domestic Policy Council. Another Emily's List alum and director, Ellen Moran, was appointed White House Communications Director.
Most recently, Obama appointed Kansas governor and pro-choice "Catholic" Kathleen Sebelius as Secretary of Health & Human Services (after pro-abortion Tom Daschle had to drop out due to tax evasion), a position that will have a tremendous influence on his healthcare policies. This most likely means that insurance companies will be forced to cover abortions under their plans. Sebelius has a frightening relationship with late-term abortionist, George Tiller, who has previously been charged with violating state abortion laws. He escaped charges mostly thanks to the influence of Sebelius, to whom Tiller has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars. Sebelius has several times struck down laws that would strengthen limits on late-term abortions. In addition, she held a private, secret event for the abortionist at the governor's mansion. She also has many ties to pro-abortion groups like Planned Parenthood and many others.
Sebelius was asked to stop receiving Holy Communion until she repents by Kansas City Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, a request she has thus far ignored.
Is this the kind of change we wanted or expected? I know it's what we feared. And probably even more so. Obama needs to be called out for moving so far to the left and in direct opposition to his campaign promises of working with both sides of the aisle to find common ground. He has not made a single move to find common ground with pro-lifers. He's not even in favor of common-sense restrictions like waiting periods, parental consent, and ultrasounds. Removing the conscience clause for physicians and healthcare workers is about as far left a move as imaginable.
In response to Obama's anti-life record several lawmakers are drafting legislation to combat further trampling on the right to life. Responding to a move by pro-abortion Democratic leaders in the House, a pro-life senator has introduced an amendment to stop UNFPA funding. Sen Roger Wicker has introduced an amendment to the Senate omnibus spending bill that would reverse the language the House put in its bill. Also, Senator David Vitter is making good on his promise to continue his fight to prevent taxpayers from having their money sent from the federal government to the nation's biggest abortion business. When the Senate considers its spending bill this week, he will propose cutting Planned Parenthood funding. In a huge move, Republican senators have unanimously signed their names to a letter telling President Barack Obama that he needs to fill some of the many open slots in lower federal courts with President Bush's nominees for those positions or face filibusters of his own picks.
These senators need your support! Your voice needs to be heard! Contact your congressmen today and urge support for the above legislation and your opposition to Obama's extreme anti-life record!