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Obama Signs Executive Order

March 24th, 2010, Promulgated by Dr. K

Yahoo news has posted an article stating that President Barack H. Obama has stuck to his promise to pro-life House Democrats to sign an Executive Order preventing the use of taxpayer dollars from going towards abortions. Here is an excerpt:

“WASHINGTON ? Anything but jubilant, 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.

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.”

While this is very good news, it’s not something to get too excited about. For just as easily as Obama signed this Executive Order, he could turn around and sign another which does away with it. I would much rather have seen the abortion language included in the bill, but at this point we’ll take what we can get.

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3 Responses to “Obama Signs Executive Order”

  1. Ben Anderson says:

    the question I have that I haven't heard addressed (perhaps it's too early to tell yet) is whether this executive does the same thing as the amendment would have. Some have said "it's not worth the paper it's printed on". Ok, but I haven't heard the difference explained. Anyone know?

  2. While an Executive Order does not have the weight of law, it does have its place. During the Health Care debate (and after) differing sides on the issue interpreted the sections related to abortion. When legislature is challenged in court, an Executive Order would be used as part of the 'legislative history." In other words, it would be used to point out what the legislators meant when the law was drafted. "Not worth the paper it is printed on" is incorrect. It does have weight.

  3. Gen says:

    Thanks for the clarification. Interesting stuff, politics.

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