January 19th, 2009
03:00 PM ET
14 years ago

Sources: Obama may use executive order reverse abortion policy

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President-elect Barack Obama is considering issuing an executive order to reverse a controversial Bush administration abortion policy in his first week in office, three Democratic sources said Monday.

Obama's second full day as president falls on the 36th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion in the United States.

Source said Obama may use the occasion to reverse the "Mexico City policy" reinstated in 2001 by Bush that prohibits U.S. money from funding international family planning groups that promote abortion or provide information, counseling or referrals about abortion services. It bans any organization receiving family planning funds from the U.S. Agency for International Development from offering abortions or abortion counseling.

The "Mexico City policy," commonly referred to by critics as "the global gag rule," was devised by President Ronald Reagan in 1984 at a population conference in Mexico City.

President Bill Clinton lifted the ban in January 1993 as one of his first acts as president, but President George W. bush reinstated it in his first executive order on January 22, 2001, the 28th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

At the time, critics - including Planned Parenthood - called the move a "legislative ambush."

Bush defended the action, saying then: "It is my conviction that taxpayer funds should not be used to pay for abortion or actively promote abortion."

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  1. legal in nc

    Now you see why during the Rick Warren debates that he was "not at the right paygrade" to answer the question on when life begins. But no all of a sudden he is of "paygrade" to decide when life ends!!!

    This is the real liberal that the left voted for, not a man who wants to bring both parties together.

    January 19, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  2. Lorina

    Right On!!!! Over-population is the root of a whole lot of the issues facing this planet. From economic meltdowns, not enough jobs, to food issues, to pollution, global warming, illnesses that are pan-demic, desertification.. Even war, perversions of societies is part of over population. Dig all the parents who for whatever reason, poverty, debts, etc. sell their kids or pimp them out, all the kids on this planet being neglected and abused and kids who grow up to be part of war machine or terrorism. I use to think China was awful for their one kid rule but not anymore. It's time for the planet to grow up and realize over-population is not going to help any of the major issues on the planet see resolution. It is extremely irresponsible and immoral to load this planet with more than 2 kids per family and even then, we will continue to see lack. lack of water, land, liveable places. Think on it with a sane mind and you will get my point.

    January 19, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  3. Steve

    A comprehensive health policy based on science rather than religion. What a concept!

    January 19, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  4. dan

    Catholics everywhere – listen up. You voted for the abortion President.

    January 19, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  5. Nicholas LiVolsi

    There is nothing more to say about the Bush Administration.
    They broke the mole for "Constitution-Busters."

    We have now a New Future and New Leadership for the U.S.of A.

    If you don't know WHO or WHAT to trust.
    Take a Dollar Bill out of your pocket and read the Prayer stated
    very clearly.

    "In God We Trust"

    Our leadership and ourselves receive the experience of "trust" from God. Ask any U.S. Currency holders.

    January 19, 2009 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  6. Sue F

    i say it's time for all these archane laws made mostly by MEN to be banned. Tell a man he can't have sex as a means of birth control and you'd see the biggest fit thrown around the world, but they can dish out all kinds of laws towards women. Good for Obama.

    January 19, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  7. JoePub

    While I am not usually a fan of U.S. money being used for other countries problems when our own house is in disorder, I would have to agree with this decision. I think Lorina summed it up perfectly in her comments.

    January 19, 2009 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  8. kim

    legal in nc~please! He is the president, and he was voted in with EVERY SINGLE PERSON who voted for him, knowing that he would do this. This is what the country wants, and this is what will be done. You mind your own business, and this world would be better off. You should go adopt a child instead of trying to rule someone elses life.

    January 19, 2009 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |