March 24th, 2010
07:27 AM ET
5 years ago

Obama to sign executive order on abortion limits Wednesday

(CNN) - President Obama will sign an executive order Wednesday that ensures that existing limits on the federal funding of abortion remain in place under the new health care overhaul law.

Unlike the signing of the health care bill into law Tuesday, which was conducted under the glare of media cameras, the event Wednesday will be closed to the news media.

It will be attended by Rep. Bart Stupak of Michigan and 12 of his anti-abortion Democratic House colleagues, without whose help the landmark overhaul bill would not have passed, political observers say.

The White House said the executive order reaffirms longstanding restrictions on the federal funding of abortion in the new law.

"While the legislation as written maintains current law, the executive order provides additional safeguards to ensure that the status quo is upheld and enforced, and that the health care legislation's restrictions against the public funding of abortions cannot be circumvented," the White House said.

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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    When you are a liberal, the charade just does not end.

    March 24, 2010 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  2. Sniffit

    Signing an executive order to follow the rules already in place? Brilliant strategy move. It's not worth the paper it is written on.....

    March 24, 2010 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  3. Kevin in Ohio

    This is totally meaningless. Stupak should have known better than to trust this liar. The slippery slope continues, and only a ballot box revolution will stop this slide in to socialism and a perpetual nanny state.

    March 24, 2010 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  4. Pragmatic

    I can see Boehner talking to a severely ill child – one of those with a pre-existing condtion ... "Hey, kid! Sorry you are sick but ya shoulda talked to us sooner. If you were still a fetus ... we'd do anything for ya ... but now you are born ... we don't want to spend the money ... tough luck, kid. Hope ya make it"

    March 24, 2010 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  5. Worthless

    Will it be worth the paper it was written on? They can twist it around or rewrite it to suit their needs as they do everything else.

    March 24, 2010 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  6. terry,va.

    Obummie's trick is not law. The paper that is on might as well be used as toilet paper. Stupak and his buddies that followed him are idiots.

    March 24, 2010 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  7. sifto77

    Funny how every big item in politics comes down to the question of killing "innocent babies"–the left will eventually have a lot to answer for when they meet their maker–they will meet their aborted children first....as will the liar and manipulator Bart Stupak.....Obama and so-called "catholic" Pelosi will be judged the most......call me a nut–but we all know that fetuses are the most innocent of all Americans.....the left would rather spend their energies protesting killing our most vicious enemies........

    March 24, 2010 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  8. El Gordo

    This is a silly provision to humor the hayseeds. If abortion is legal, and it is, then there is no reason to single it out and handle it differently. Some people want the government to tell a woman and her doctor what is right and what it wrong. I've got a few more suggestions that will reduce costs:

    If you are injured while driving a car faster than the speed limit: no coverage. If you are diabetic and overweight: no coverage. If you are injured riding a motorcycle without a helmet: no coverage. If you are obese: no coverage.

    These are self-inflicted conditions. Why should my tax dollars go to pay them. Let's all pick a condition that will not be covered and demand that it be written into the law.

    March 24, 2010 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  9. JA/TN

    one for the new gipper

    March 24, 2010 09:15 am at 9:15 am |