View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Poll: Opposition to Obama Abortion Action

While President Obama generally got approval for his actions in a new USA Today/Gallup Poll, his decision to permit U.S. funding to help support oversees abortion was overwhelmingly rejected.

The Jan. 30-Feb. 1 USA Today/Gallup poll asked Americans to say whether they approve or disapprove of seven specific actions Obama has taken as president. 58 percent of those survey said they oppose the decision to reject the Mexico City Policy. Only 35 percent supported it.

The Mexico City Policy says that oversees agencies that receive U.S. funding have to refrain from providing or promoting abortion. If they do either, they do not receive funding.

One of Obama's first acts was to revoke the policy, meaning U.S. taxpayers will now help to pay for abortions in other lands.

It seems likely we will also be called on to pay for more of them here under Obama. But this poll shows when it comes to abortion, the public does not support him.

4 Comments:

OpenID mexfiles.net said...

The American public is either being badly misinformed, or the information is being purposely "spun" for political reasons. None of the U.S. money is being spent on providing abortions, but going back to the Reagan Administration, Republican Presidents have withheld, and Democratic Presidents have released, funding for U.S. contributions to maternal health care programs that ALSO provide abortions... which means cutting funds for things like pre-natal care, infant vaccinations, MILK, etc. in poor countries that receive assistance.

In these countries, public health care is often dependent on a single provider for all services, one of which may be abortions. The argument made by the Republicans is that by funding these infant and maternal care programs money is available for abortion may or may not be legitimate, but to say that Obama is "funding oversees [sic] abortions" is total nonsense.

2:52 PM  
Blogger Lee Strong said...

Some of the money has been and likely will be used to help provide abortion, or abortion counselling. One of the agencies that lost funding in the past, for example, was Planned Parenthood, a major abortion provider internationallly.

The U.S. provides fund for all sorts of other maternal health and infant helath programs, and some of the agencies that were initially cut off under the Mexico City Policy got their funding reinstated.

As for it being "political," non-political religious organizations are among those point out the effects of the Policy.

4:56 PM  
Anonymous Todd said...

Lots of fuss about this, but not much on Republican support for PP in the US.

Stuff like this is cocktail talk--good gossip on which to wax poetic--but it doesn't really impact helping women or their unborn children.

11:57 PM  
Blogger Lee Strong said...

Are you saying that the GOP should not support PP? Absolutely.

I thought I've been pretty clear in saying there should be no support for it. Period. And that there should be support for programs that help women and children.

But to make it even clearer: HEY, REPUBLICANS - CUT YOUR TIES WITH AND SUPPORT FOR FUNDING FOR PLANNED PARENTHOOD, AND PROVIDE FUNDING FOR PROGRAMS THAT REALLY SUPPORT WOMEN AND CHILDREN.

7:01 AM  

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