Obama Administration Quick to Exploit Women in Developing Nations says Americans United for Life Action

January 23, 2009

UPDATE: It is now official

Washington, DC — It is widely reported that President Obama will today rescind the “Mexico City Policy,” a rule that prohibited the use of taxpayer funds to promote abortion in other countries.

Under the Obama administration, taxpayer dollars will be given to organizations, such as the International Planned Parenthood Federation, that promote abortion around the world, including in countries where abortion is illegal.

Dr. Charmaine Yoest, President & CEO of AUL Action said, “What a terrible way to begin a new administration: with an abortion business bailout that will exploit women in developing countries for political ends. We should not export the tragedy of abortion to other nations, and we certainly shouldn’t do so via the hard-earned dollars of American taxpayers.”

Denise Burke, AUL Action’s Vice President of Legal Affairs stated, “Pro-abortion organizations like the International Planned Parenthood Federation are actively working to impose radically pro-abortion laws on developing nations, showing no regard for the will of the people in these countries. This move is a significant step backwards in respecting the sovereignty of nations, in empowering women, and in protecting unborn.”

Regarding the possibility that Congress may seek to further expand federal funding of international abortion providers, Daniel McConchie, AUL Action’s Vice President for Government Affairs said, “We will oppose any legislation to expand the use of taxpayer funding to support abortion or abortion providers overseas. Any vote on this will issue that comes before Congress will be scored by AUL Action.”

For more background on the Mexico City Policy see http://www.aul.org/mexico_city_policy

On January 16, 78 pro-life members of congress sent a letter to then President-elect Obama and his transition team urging him to continue the Mexico City policy. The letter is available at

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Shawanda Tolliver January 23, 2009 at 1:12 pm


Tiffany Stuart January 23, 2009 at 5:02 pm

Been writing all week about abortion on my blog. Wrote a letter to Obama when he was a senator about abortion prior to election. People has since then posted my letter on their blogs.

Standing in the gap for life. Praying for positive, life-giving change.

DCompton January 24, 2009 at 6:47 pm

It breaks my heart that so many people voted money and skin color over sanctity of life. I pray Mr Obama have a Damascus road experience.

Mary N. Sanchez January 25, 2009 at 4:33 pm

It is hard for me to believe that the American voter was seduced into voting for the now president. Throughout the campaign his mantra was PRO CHOICE. Did the voter forget that when entering the voting booth? His inagural speech was inspiring but deceptive as he will sign FOCA which conflicts with his words. His ego should be humble as he is elected to serve ALL Americans not just those who were duped by his charism and had him elected with little or no experince to lead this great country… I will pray that he will have a change of heart. He should be glad that his mother did not abort him.
Our country will be brought to its knees by a few who put themselves about the natural law…

Devin January 26, 2009 at 7:34 pm

Dear Shawanda:

The problem is that the woman is not choosing what to do with her body. The woman is choosing to end another body that is being nurtured in hers, a baby with its own life, soul, and functions. The woman can choose to give the child over to someone else when it is born, but abortion is not a woman choosing to do something with her own body, it is a woman choosing to end an innocent life.

If you don’t want to be pregnant, don’t have sex. End of story.

Amy January 26, 2009 at 7:51 pm

With all due respect, Ms. Tolliver, I’m going to respond to your comment:
I’d rather see a woman have the baby, give it to loving foster parents, and have the child grow up into a good, moral person who could make a difference in the world than have an abortion and be a prisoner of depression and regret.
The freedom to choose stops when it harms another. Since abortion became legal in 1973, child abuse has gone to a record high. Abortion doesn’t stop child abuse or overpopulation. It only destroys marriages, scars vulnerable women, and kills innocent unborn children. If killing an unborn infant is okay, why don’t we just legalize murder altogether?
Unborn children are not second-class citizens. All children, born and unborn, should have the right to live. If you’re gonna take away the right to live, you may as well take away the right to free speech, the right to vote, the right to bear arms, and other fundemental rights.

Michael January 26, 2009 at 11:07 pm

Way to speak out of reason rather than emotion Shawanda. The all-caps clearly showed that you are a person who analyzes the situation greatly before making a decision (sorry for the sarcasm, I just couldn’t help it). As for minding our own bussiness, all moral implications of abortion aside this law would still affect people by forcing people to pay a tax for something that will be destructive and that is against the moral conscience of many Americans.

Crystal January 27, 2009 at 1:37 pm

I think this is real siimple. All the PRO CHOICE MEN AND WOMEN need to go to a abortion clinic. DOn’t just walk in for 1 hour but stay and make yourself comfortable. Sit in the clinic day after day and witness the young women coming to abort “their problem”. Then go into the operation room and see these physicians and nurses perform these abortions, day after day. She them mount the bodies and parts of these unborn children. Then after that go through the records and call some of the women that have had these procedures. Ask them how they feel years later and if they would do it over again. THEN AFER ALL THAT come back to this web site and voice your thoughts. I’m 99% sure that you will change your mind. You will vote against abortion.

Colleen January 28, 2009 at 5:18 pm

People do not understand. When a woman is pregnant, that baby WILL come out. Whether it comes out crying, and live, or dead and ripped to peices, that is the mother’s choice. People must be convinced that abortion is entirely wrong.

Sheila January 30, 2009 at 9:25 pm

With birth control being shoved down the throats of school aged children, how can anyone get pregnant in this society if they don’t want to?? In my community where there is so much teen pregnancy, they KNOW what birth control is, they just don’t use it, because they don’t care. But God love those teen moms who deliver, because they chose LIFE… and we as nurses and support them every step of the way…. The Book of Deuteronomy says, “I place before you death and life….choose LIFE.”

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