Wednesday, March 24, 2010

AP: Obama Issues Low-Key Order on Abortions

Strange lead for a wire service story.
AP Special Correspondent

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Anything but jubilant, (emphasis mine) President Barack Obama awkwardly kept a promise Wednesday he made to ensure passage of historic health care legislation, pledging the administration would not allow federal funds to pay for elective abortions covered by private insurance.

Unlike Tuesday, when a beaming Obama signed the health care law in a nationally televised ceremony interrupted repeatedly by applause, the White House refused to permit coverage of the event. It occurred in the Oval Office in the presence of a small group of anti-abortion Democratic lawmakers who had extracted the commitment over the weekend. The president supports abortion rights...

Passage wasn't assured until Sunday, a few hours before the final vote, when Obama agreed to issue an executive order specifying that he would not permit the use of federal funds to pay for abortions except in the cases of rape, incest or if the life of the mother was in danger.

The commitment, backed up by a draft of the order that circulated, was enough to secure the votes of Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich. and a few other holdouts.

As signed into law, the health care bill says individuals who receive federal subsidies to purchase insurance may purchase abortion coverage, but must do so by writing a separate check from personal funds. Obama's executive order commits the administration to issuing regulations making sure that personal and federal funds are kept separate."  Would that it were so. May we all be shocked.

There's little more on abortion in the remainder of the story.


  1. I guess I am a little confused on if the Executive Order would really prevent federal Funds from paying for abortions. It allows for funding in the case of incest, rape and for the life of the Mother. I have always been under the impression that the phrase "life of the Mother" is so open ended that it really provides abortion on demand. Either way it is clear to me that on some level our tax dollars will be going for abortions. Sorry state of affairs.
    Annette from Saline

  2. Hi Annette,
    Here's a helpful Q&A on funding.