Abortion Smackdown: Obama V. Pope


Lots of women cheered when, on his second full day in office, President Obama signed a law overturning the “gag-rule,” the Bush-era clamp-down on overseas groups offering abortion counseling.

Not cheering, however, was the iPod-loving Pope. The Vatican immediately declared the act “arrogant” and the new president to be “a disappointment,” and basically warned the new Prez that  he’s gunning for a fight over family planning—a fight that Obama seems ready to take on.

The New York Times wrote that repealing the law on the 36th anniversary of Roe v. Wade shows that Obama actually plans to deliver on his campaign promises. Obama himself declared that overturning the gag-rule “stands for a broader principle: that government should not intrude on our most private family matters.”

Representatives of the Holy See lashed out in the Italian daily Corriere della Sera, saying that signing the law displayed “the arrogance of a person who, having the power, thinks they can decide on life and death.”

Some Catholic groups in the US are ready to play dirty, already airing this video suggesting that Obama himself was almost aborted. Ugh.

More helpful is this map of pregnancy centers in the US, by state.

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Word Up: The Holy See – the site of the central government of the Catholic Church; recognized as a sovereign state by the United Nations

By the Numbers: 36 – number of years ago that the Supreme Court ruled on Roe v. Wade, legalizing abortion


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