The policy prohibits private overseas grantees of U.S. family planning funding and technical assistance from using their own non-U.S. funds to provide legal abortions (except in the case of rape, incest, or life-threatening conditions), to counsel on abortions (with the same exceptions), and to promote less restrictive laws pertaining to abortion in their own countries.There have only been 8 years in the last 24 years where this policy has not been in force, but it appears that President Obama will reverse this with an executive order later today, the 36th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade. This means that, starting at some point today, overseas groups that receive federal funds will likely be able to promote and provide abortions.
Catholics who supported and voted for Obama, such as 10,000 Catholics for Obama and Catholics for Obama, voted to promote and provide abortions. There was no doubt that this was coming, and they cast their vote for it anyway. Those Catholics, just like all the others who voted for Obama, are just as responsible as the overseas NGOs for the new abortions that this policy change will provide.
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