Left (Sculpture by Kelly Levesque) Right (President Obama's Change Speech)
From the Liberty Counsel
January 20, 2009
Washington, D.C. – Today, Barack Obama became the 44th President of the United States of America. His inauguration is sandwiched between two other important days in American history: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and the 36th Anniversary of the Supreme Court’s abortion decision in Roe v. Wade. As this Nation celebrates its progress made in regard to racial equality, the struggle to protect innocent human life just became more intense.
Barack Obama has indicated that a few of his first acts as President will be to rescind the Mexico City Policy, thereby providing federal dollars to fund abortion worldwide, and reversing the policy on funding embryonic stem cell research, thereby providing federal dollars to create and destroy human life. The Mexico City policy was first instituted in 1984 by President Ronald Reagan to stop federal funding of abortion in foreign countries. In 1993 President Clinton reversed the policy, and in 2001 President Bush reinstated the ban on abortion funding. After taking office, President Bush said: “It is my conviction that taxpayer funds should not be used to pay for abortions or advocate or actively promote abortion, either here or abroad.”
In 2001 President Bush limited federal funds for medical research using human embryonic stem cells. This policy was reaffirmed by executive order in 2007, when President Bush called for research with pluripotent stem cells derived without creating human embryos for research purposes or destroying or discarding human embryos or fetuses.
The rescission of these two policies by President Obama means that federal taxpayer dollars will be used to destroy innocent human life.
Mathew Staver, Founder of Liberty Counsel and Dean of Liberty University School of Law, commented: “Today we celebrate the Inauguration of Barack Obama as the first black President of the United States. The history that was made today cannot be underestimated in terms of racial equality. Along with the triumph today, there is tragedy. We have taken one step forward for racial equality but two steps backward for life. President Obama promised hope for all Americans. Yet, this does not apply to our most vulnerable. While President Obama condemned the killing of children by terrorists, forcing Americans to fund abortion worldwide will kill more children than Al-Qaeda. President Obama said he wants to hear from the American people, but the unborn have no voice. A president for all the people must also include the unborn.”