Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, commented on President Barack Obama's anticipated repeal of the pro-life Mexico City Policy on the 36th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade. It comes a day before thousands of pro-life activists are anticipated to rally in front of the White House in Washington DC to mark the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision liberalizing law regarding elective abortion.
"President Obama campaigned on finding 'common ground' on abortion policy, but his anticipated decision to roll back the commonsense Mexico City Policy will signal to American taxpayers that the abortion bailout has begun," said Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser.
"Today is the 36th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, and abortions here in the U.S. are at their lowest number in years -- so it's unfortunate that President Obama is poised to make subsidizing abortion abroad one of his first priorities. America should respond to women's needs in developing countries with real assistance that also upholds their dignity, not by promoting or paying for abortions. I strongly urge President Obama to reconsider his decision to bypass the will of American taxpayers and promote the radical agenda of the abortion lobby." According to a news release from SBA, public opinion polls regularly reflect that over 60 percent of Americans oppose taxpayer funding for abortion. A December Harris Interactive Poll found 63 percent of Americans favor laws preventing the use of taxpayer funds for abortions.
Through the Susan B. Anthony List Stop the Abortion Bailout! Campaign ( www.stoptheabortionbailout.com), over 72,000 letters have been sent to the U.S. Senate advocating the preservation of federal abortion funding restrictions. The campaign's goal is to secure the 41 votes necessary to sustain a filibuster against measures promoting federal taxpayer funding of abortion.
President Reagan first established the his Mexico City Policy in 1984. Named for the city where it was announced, the policy declared that tax dollars would not fund international organizations (such as Planned Parenthood International and the Guttmacher Institute) involved in performing or promoting abortions abroad. President Bill Clinton rescinded the policy on his first day in office. President G.W. Bush reinstated the policy with his first executive order on January 22, 2001.
The featured speaker at the rally will be Dr. Alveda King - niece of fallen civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King - who intends to note that some 1,400 African-American children are aborted daily in the U.S., according to a press release. Said Dr. Alveda King "Over 45 years ago, my Uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., wrote from a Birmingham jail cell that '[i]njustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,'"
"Today, there is no greater injustice than that suffered by the 4,000 babies, 1,400 of them black, who die on any given day at the hands of abortionists. Friday, we will stand witness in front of the White House and testify to President Obama that while he is living his dreams, those babies will be dying horrible deaths because of the policies he supports."
"I see the pride on African American faces everywhere, pride in the tremendous breakthrough President Obama represents," added Dr. King. "But I also can close my eyes and see the millions upon millions of young black, white, red, and yellow faces who never had the chance to live, overcome, or witness history. Friday, we will challenge President Obama to see those faces as well."