President Obama Breaks Faith with Women

Statement of NOW President Terry O’Neill

March 21, 2010

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.

3 Responses to “President Obama Breaks Faith with Women”

  1. Caroline Says:

    He is not my president but this does not look anything like the president we expected to see from this side of the Atlantic. What he is doing is outrageous in the extreme, how do you get so many bigots in power like us?


  2. Andrea B. Says:

    Personally I think this is a complete and utter farce.

    I think they should have copied the Dutch, German, French or UK system verbatum, as a starting point. Anything would be better than the present mess.

    Forcing more people into a system that clearly does not work makes no sense at all.

    The USA needs a national healthcare system to increase the overall health of everyone in the country and help increase living standards.

    Anyway, for more information and various points of view, see.

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  3. karen A Says:

    Politics is this art of the possible.

    Single payer is the only thing that makes sense… BUT not politically viable in the US now.

    Unfortunately the abortion issue is also because of the social conservatism the US . Without the restrictions even what WAS passed would not have been possible.

    So better to get SOMETHING now rather than nothing, and make it better when the political climate makes it possible.

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