The Obama Payoffs He Can Make Unilaterally

The latest from NRLC’s speedy wordsmith – NRL News editor Dave Andrusko.  To read more of his daily feature, “Today’s News and Views,” check out

Tomorrow we’ll talk about some interesting after-the-fact and therefore meaningless concessions by the Washington Post’s Ombudsman to the effect that, okay, the Post WAS in the tank for pro-abortion President-elect Barack Obama. Today is a look at Step One in the payoff that the Abortion Establishment will receive for its active role on behalf of then-candidate Obama which will take the form of reversing administrative actions taken by pro-life President George Bush.

It’s at moments like this that we are reminded how much difference it makes when the White House is occupied by a man whose goal is to reduce the number of babies lost to abortion, not one motivated by a desire to increase the death toll. Besides Howell’s column, the Post also ran another article in yesterday’s edition that began this way:

“Transition advisers to President-elect Barack Obama have compiled a list of about 200 Bush administration actions and executive orders that could be swiftly undone to reverse White House policies on climate change, stem cell research, reproductive rights and other issues, according to congressional Democrats, campaign aides and experts working with the transition team.

“A team of four dozen advisers, working for months in virtual solitude, set out to identify regulatory and policy changes Obama could implement soon after his inauguration. The team is now consulting with liberal advocacy groups, Capitol Hill staffers and potential agency chiefs to prioritize those they regard as the most onerous or ideologically offensive, said a top transition official who was not permitted to speak on the record about the inner workings of the transition.

“In some instances, Obama would be quickly delivering on promises he made during his two-year campaign, while in others he would be embracing Clinton-era policies upended by President Bush during his eight years in office.”

As you know in August 2001 President Bush thwarted the pell-mell rush to federally underwrite a wholesale campaign of research based on culling stem cells from human embryos. In the subsequent seven years, a whole raft of more promising and ethically acceptable alternatives has arisen, which ought to–but won’t–give pause to the proponents of embryonic stem cell research.

As the Post wrote Sunday, “Obama himself has signaled, for example, that he intends to reverse Bush’s controversial limit on federal funding of embryonic stem cell research, a decision that scientists say has restrained research into some of the most promising avenues for defeating a wide array of diseases, such as Parkinson’s.” The latter comment is entirely bogus, but it is the template into which almost all of the “mainstream media” forces all discussion of stem cell research.

The other item of direct interest to us mentioned in the Post is the Mexico City Policy, which the anti-life lobby has dubbed the “global gag rule.” This will be the fourth go-round on regulations first adopted by President Reagan, rescinded by President Clinton, and re-established by President George Bush. The executive order denies certain types of U.S. government assistance to private organizations that promote abortion as a method of family planning in foreign countries.

Pro-lifers were able to maintain policies such as the Mexico City Policy because of President Bush’s vow to veto any bill that contained language that would weaken an existing pro-life policy. With a pro-abortion militant about to enter the White House, pro-lifers will lack that backstop.

We will keep you updated on pro-abortion initiatives rumored to be in the works. Not pleasant work, but a necessary reminder of the price unborn babies will pay for the election of man for whom multiplying the number of abortions is paramount.

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