Will Pres. Obama lift the “Mexico City language” today?

I had a note from someone with irritating news.

I think [Pres.] Obama is going to lift the Mexico City language today, probably around 3 or 4. Classic Clintonesque news dump late on a Friday afternoon.  [It’s called "take out the trash day".]

President Bush reinstated that policy … it was the [perhaps] first thing he did as president on the very first day he was in office.


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  1. Thomas says:

    B-b-b-but I thought Obama was the more genuinely pro-life candidate. You know, the whole seamless garment thing. This doesn’t seem very pro-life at all. I’m so disillusioned.

  2. James the Less says:

    I thought the executive order was issued yesterday.

  3. Bobby Bambino says:


    Turns out we shouldn’t have listened to Doug Kmiec :)

  4. Thomas says:

    *Takes Doug Kmiec poster off bedroom wall*

  5. Michael Thoma says:

    At least now Congress cannot claim the ball isn’t in their court. The clearest way to have prevented overseas abortion with US funds was to have Congress pass a bill into law, of course the Republicans didn’t want to try that since it would “alienate the middle”, and it would have made a great talking point – when they talk to the right, they can use the Presidential order to support their pro-life stance; when speaking to the “middle” they can say how “tolerant” they are since they didn’t restrict abortion “rights”.

  6. Vicki says:


    Sadly President Obama lifted the restrictions on abortion funding yesterday.

    And so it begins. Sigh.

  7. Bernie says:

    I am from South America. I ‘d like to THANK all “catholics” who voted for Obama. I know this blog has a few such readers. Thank you! Here in Brazil [But…. I checked the IP address used to post this comment. It comes up with Oklahoma City, not Brazil.] pro-life work will be much easier now that abortionist NGOs will have access to America’s deep pockets (less deep lately but things will improve; it remains a materially prosper nation).

    Now I pray that this administration will indeed save millions of lives by its superb actions in fighting poverty, torture and solving world conflicts. I hope this president becomes the champion of health care and solve every malaise plaguing America. I hope that families become stronger by embracing alternative life styles, by being smaller and, why not, greener. I hope he delivers all the goodies you voters wanted. I sure hope that at the end of the day you will do the math and find that the babies offered up in sacrifice at the altar of “social justice” were worth the while, just a necessary inconvenience in the pursuit of happiness and world peace.

    To the many American catholics who did not support this president, despite whatever disappointments with the alternative candidate, my apologies for the sour and acidic tone. I am just in such a state of sadness that I cannot describe.

  8. Richard Cox says:

    Father, I think that Bernie could still be “from” South America but visiting in the US (Oklahmoa?).

  9. Peggy says:

    I’ve come to think of Obama as President Death. In what situation would he value a human life? Embryonic? No. Fetal? No. Disabled? No. PVS or like PVS? No. Elderly? Probably not by these criteria.

    When he spoke during the campaign of wanting the troops home from Iraq, he spoke of redirecting the funds to the various social welfare agenda items he had in mind. Talk of soldiers’ lives and personal sacrifices did not occur. He wants the money back here!

    I’d sure like to see what Doug Kmiec has to say about all this….waiting…

  10. Mark M says:


    Father, for your foreign readers, could you let us know what “Mexico City language” means?

  11. Francesco says:

    Mark M,

    The Mexico City policy basically meant that the U.S. would not fund international abortion efforts by various organizations. It was put into practice by Reagan, removed by Clinton, put into practice again by Bush, and now tragically removed again by Obama.


    This proves once and for all that Kmiec, the reincarnation of Benedict Arnold, was dead wrong and now he has blood on his hands. Where is your outrage, Kmiec? Oh, I forgot…abortion is just one issue. Not that important I guess, sort of like that one issue of the extermination of the Jews by the Nazis or that one issue of slavery.

  12. Nick P says:

    Agreed Francesco lets just let abortion go there are alot of …more important issues. let me see killing babies in the womb…sucking out there brains….no big deal !!! give me a break

  13. Mark M says:

    Ah, thank you, Francesco. I found it out later by other means… horrible, just horrible.

  14. Ioannes Andreades says:

    Obama locuta est, causa finita est.

    “For too long, international family planning assistance has been used as a political wedge issue, the subject of a back and forth debate that has served only to divide us. I have no desire to continue this stale and fruitless debate. It is time that we end the politicization of this issue.” (http://www.whitehouse.gov/statement-released-after-the-president-rescinds/)

    I hope American pro-lifers are as furious with this patronizing language as I am. I’m glad I was forwarded the memo that my debate has now been judged “stale and fruitless.” What nerve!

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