March 21st, 2010
06:19 PM ET

NOW 'incensed' over anti-abortion executive order

National Organization for Women President Terry O'Neill issued a statement Sunday afternoon slamming President Obama, saying that he had broken his faith with women by agreeing to issue an executive order that prohibits federal funding for abortions.

"The National Organization for Women is incensed that President Barack Obama agreed today to issue an executive order designed to appease a handful of anti-choice Democrats who have held up health care reform in an effort to restrict women's access to abortion. Through this order, the president has announced he will lend the weight of his office and the entire executive branch to the anti-abortion measures included in the Senate bill, which the House is now prepared to pass.

"President Obama campaigned as a pro-choice president, but his actions today suggest that his commitment to reproductive health care is shaky at best. Contrary to language in the draft of the executive order and repeated assertions in the news, the Hyde Amendment is not settled law - it is an illegitimate tack-on to an annual must-pass appropriations bill. NOW has a longstanding objection to Hyde and, in fact, was looking forward to working with this president and Congress to bring an end to these restrictions. We see now that we have our work cut out for us far beyond what we ever anticipated. The message we have received today is that it is acceptable to negotiate health care on the backs of women, and we couldn't disagree more."

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  1. Claudia

    I personally do not believe in abortion, but I also believe that every women has the right to choose. She and she alone will be the one to live with her decision. But, I could never ever agree to let the taxpayers pay for a womens abortion. Hell no, I know of women that have had 5 and 6 of them, Let them learn birth control. I can see if it was rape, incest but not just because she became pregnant and now doesn't want to have a baby. That is total bullshit, just like the health care plan is. We as a country will find out just how bad it is far too late. President Obama doesn't want to be president he wants to be a dictator, and the silly bitch talking for him needs to shut the hell up and listen to the American people. Although the day I am looking forward to is when the incoming president kicks Nancy out on her big mouthed stupid ass. We are becoming a third world country because of this Presidents spending, I believe that is what he wanted all along. He can't blame Bush, Where is the 2 trillion that he spend and won't say where, that was two of what 4, no 6 trillion dollars. Wake up, so the American people don't want to pay for abortions, we don't want to pay for immigrants insurance either, but hell of course the Pres is going to protect them, like the Muslems, Pakis, all from over there. Hell, he grew up there. But, he needs to stop the wild spending and he ought to be ashamed of giving some states extra money for their votes. So stop on the bull crap, you knew that he and Nancy were buying votes. Too bad he could not include you.

    March 22, 2010 at 7:17 am | Report abuse |
  2. DB

    I am a democrat and pro-choice and have always supported NOW's viewpoint. Not in this case. Unless the mother's life is in danger why should the tax payers foot the bill? I can understand NOW not liking this and issuing a statement to such effect, but this one is a little harsh. It sounds more like it came from a scorned school kid than a professional organization.

    March 22, 2010 at 7:18 am | Report abuse |
  3. geo, CT

    Abortion is a medical procedure and should be covered by medical insurance, whether or not the insurance is part of a much-needed federal program. The government should be involved in helping to reduce poverty and control the population size and abortion is one way to do it, if all else fails. A cluster of embryonic cells is not a person. The whole anti-abortion movement is driven by delusional Christians. There is no god and the Jesus story is a myth. No one has ever been born to a virgin and no one has ever risen from the dead. The idea that Catholic bishops, who are being exposed every day as having presided over the systematic toture and rape of children (and women), should have any voice in a discussion about women's health issues shows how brainwashed and deluded the religious sheep in this country are. Someday this country will get out from under the mental oppression of religion and join the modern world.

    March 22, 2010 at 7:19 am | Report abuse |
  4. Holly

    Lots of health care dollars go to pay for pregnancy in one way or another. Why is that right? Becoming pregnant is a choice, and the couple responsible should pay all the costs of having and rearing a child. If you have a congressional representative who argues for "fiscal responsibility" and then also argues for federal funding of ANY aspect of pregnancy, birth, child care or childhood education, s/he's a hypocrite. Parents need to pay the bill they incur. There are no societal benefits to a larger population. There would be enormous economic and environmental benefits to a smaller one.

    March 22, 2010 at 7:25 am | Report abuse |
  5. AmazedinNY

    For those talking about abortion being a right.....That is a crock...and covering up for it by bringing up botched abortions on teenagers, saying they don't have a choice. They do have a choice to not have sex at the age of fifteen, to use a condom....

    What part of the education plan, comercials are they missing? These kids are not stupid, they know what having sex entails and they know they can get pregnant. They shouldn't be having sex, their parents should be parenting them, And we wouldn't have to worry about them having abortions.

    Amazingly people are holding on to this abortion battle when there is another option out there. The Morning after pill stops conception. It is a contraceptive, not an abortion pill. If you take it after having unprotected sex (do I even need to talk about how stupid that is because of STDs) go to the pharmacy and grab a pill.

    Problem here is people are more concerned with the right to abort a child, and that right being there for a teenager, what about the teenagers ruining their lives with something they can't get rid of? HIV? Herpes? etc etc. Where are the organizations concerned with that? Is that not important?

    Bunch of hypocrites! Its all about Abortion, while your children end up dying from AIDS!

    March 22, 2010 at 7:25 am | Report abuse |
  6. justice

    Someone needs to start a National Organization for the Unborn. It's a 21at Century Hollocaust aimed at the generation to come, and it's driven completely by selfishness and "inconvenience for the parents". News flash, it's NOT your body, and it's NOT your choice. You used your body for sex and got pregnant at an inconvenient time...that's too bad for you. At some point, people need to start learning to deal with their choices.

    In regards to the situation of having been raped, that breaks my heart, both for the mother, and for the child to be. However, two wrongs never make a right. If one does just a little bit of research, there are all sorts of women who have had abortions in this situation and are left even worse off physically and emotionally than before. If we are truly concerned about human rights, we will remember this, as well as the fact that the child has it's own separate heart beat and kicks and moves when IT pleases. The mother has no control over this; the child is not a part of the mother.

    That said, at least President Obama is willing to reach across the aisle to make progress as a country...that's much more than the last president ever would have done.

    March 22, 2010 at 7:26 am | Report abuse |
  7. woman6

    Women were sold out. That's all there is to it. Abortion is a legal medical procedure. NOW supported Obama, and now they can eat it! Hillary should have been their choice, but she was the wrong color!

    March 22, 2010 at 7:27 am | Report abuse |
  8. JT

    I am a man, have not fathered a child and see no need to do so.

    That said, men do had the power of their sex to force it onto women. It is done in time of war, in time of anger, or in time of the women's weakness. Even in countries where death awaits pre-marital sex by women, it still happens. As a man, I feel that it is not my place to make that decision about abortion, only to offer to care for those unwanted children. We need more of an effort to show the women who have an unwanted pregnancy, that someone is ready and willing to take and care for the child. Otherwise, the decision is still the women's problem.

    As for religion and killing the unborn, I see too much hypocrisy to even go there. Everything from the death penalty, war over resources, not supporting children who are already living on earth but are alone and in need. To just name a few.

    March 22, 2010 at 7:28 am | Report abuse |
  9. chris

    to martha,

    you are making an argument for self determination and responsibility. Both of which are completely lacking in the government approach to health care. The same argument can and should be made about all the "choices" we make. If you choose to overeat, smoke, drink etc. why should others be made to pay for your health care. And if you don't think that it matters please look at where we spend health care dollars.

    March 22, 2010 at 7:29 am | Report abuse |
  10. car62ol

    I'm a woman, and I'm relieved that the federal government health care plan doesn't pay for abortions. Like others have said, and I, too, believe, women are using abortion for birth control. Once it affects the pocketbook, people learn their lesson a lot faster.

    March 22, 2010 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
  11. Joe T

    I am a man, a Catholic and am anti abortion but I also don't have a right to tell a woman how to run her life. Here's the deal though, if you want an abortion, don't try and make me pay for it.

    March 22, 2010 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |
  12. Susan

    I am pro-choice, but there is a different between pro-choice and welfare. A woman should have a right to chose what she does with her body, but should NOT in any way expect the taxpaying public to pay for whatever she wants to do with her body.

    March 22, 2010 at 7:34 am | Report abuse |
  13. Dean

    I'm as liberal as they come, but I don't think federal funds, and the taxes of those who don't believe in it, should pay for abortions except for rape or when medically necessary. Abortions are essentially an elective procedure. Sex makes babies. If you don't understand that or are willing to deal with the consequences, keep your pants on.

    March 22, 2010 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
  14. Bosie

    It would appear that the only folks pro-abortion have been born.

    March 22, 2010 at 7:37 am | Report abuse |
  15. J

    Someone above said that most abortions are carried out by married women and are not used as birth control. That statement makes no sense. If a married woman gets pregnant and then gets an abortion, hello, unless it's for a specific medical reason (rare), that IS birth control. Anyway, bravo Obama. If someone wants to get an abortion, I suppose it's their right to terminate their baby. That's right, abortion-choosers, you are killing a life in order to make your own life a bit more comfortable. But keep fooling yourselves that it's not killing a baby. Just don't do it on the government's and taxpayers' dime.

    March 22, 2010 at 7:40 am | Report abuse |
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