Monday, January 19, 2009
One of the first acts as President for Barack Obama may be to reverse a Bush administration policy on abortion. There are reports that Obama will issue an executive order reversing the so-called Mexico City policy. It prohibits the US Agency for International Development from giving federal money to international family planning groups that promote abortion or make referrals about abortion services. President Ronald Reagan first created the ban during a Mexico City conference. Bill Clinton removed the ban and Bush put it back in place. Ironically, Obama's second full day as president falls on the 36th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. That was the Supreme Court decision that legalizing abortion in the US.