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President Obama Breaks Faith with Women
Statement of NOW President Terry O'Neill

"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." -Terry O'Neill
Women have had a long struggle for equality, and Obama has helped women take several more steps back. Courtesy:

(WASHINGTON D.C.) - 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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gp March 21, 2010 8:42 pm (Pacific time)

Michael Moore wrote a great piece today on Abortion is an issue for women only, and only women who find themselves unwilling to continue a pregnancy, it is not anyone else's business and certainly not the business of one single male on the planet.

Ananymous March 21, 2010 11:35 pm (Pacific time)

As if we do not have enough unwanted babies and children to take care of, we do not even offer public health insurance to those who are born with defects and medical issues. To eliminate an unwanted "seed" is more humane and save the welfare system big money...Besides, it is still the law of the land, for a women to choose.

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