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    Obama to sign promised executive order on abortion

    The Associated Press: Obama to sign promised executive order on abortion

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama plans to sign an executive order Wednesday reaffirming long-standing restrictions on federal funding of abortion.
    Whether current law is sufficient to ban federal funding for abortions is up for debate. However this executive order either reinforces that or it gives additional protections sought by those who do not wish funding for this procedure to occur.

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    he order is part of an agreement with Democratic abortion opponents in the House that brought them over to Obama's side and pushed the health care bill over the top.

    Obama has invited members of the Democrats' anti-abortion bloc, including its leader, Rep. Bart Stupak of Michigan, to the private afternoon signing at the White House.
    No real comment on this, except I wonder if its being kept private out of concerns that Biden can't keep his mouth shut

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    Re: Obama to sign promised executive order on abortion

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    The Associated Press: Obama to sign promised executive order on abortion



    Whether current law is sufficient to ban federal funding for abortions is up for debate. However this executive order either reinforces that or it gives additional protections sought by those who do not wish funding for this procedure to occur.

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    No real comment on this, except I wonder if its being kept private out of concerns that Biden can't keep his mouth shut
    IF an executive order meant anything then why doesn't Obama make one for removing DADT, and many other things he promised to do and why does he even need congress and senate to do anything?
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    Re: Obama to sign promised executive order on abortion

    While I question the use of a signing statement for this rather inserting language into the bill concerning it, its good on Obama to stick to his promise.

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    Re: Obama to sign promised executive order on abortion

    Might as well sign it on a piece of toilet paper. That's what an executive order is worth in this instance.

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    Re: Obama to sign promised executive order on abortion

    Quote Originally Posted by Zyphlin View Post
    While I question the use of a signing statement for this rather inserting language into the bill concerning it, its good on Obama to stick to his promise.
    While it is nice to stick to promises, I do not like signing statements or executive orders which essentially legislate. That's not the Presidents job or duty, nor is he granted legislation authority.
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    Re: Obama to sign promised executive order on abortion

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    IF an executive order meant anything then why doesn't Obama make one for removing DADT, and many other things he promised to do and why does he even need congress and senate to do anything?
    Boyfriend, who is a 16-year vet of the Navy and I have discussed this one a great deal. It is his thinking that while Obama COULD sign an executive order to remove DADT, that would not be the best way to proceed to gain buy-in from the troops. The military is already shifting its position on this and it would be better that the recommendation to remove DADT come from the military leadership.

    One thing that I'm realizing about Obama is that he's patient. That might be frustrating for me, at times, but it's also a necessary skill in an executive.

    p.s. It also appears that he keeps his promises.

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    Re: Obama to sign promised executive order on abortion

    Quote Originally Posted by Zyphlin View Post
    While I question the use of a signing statement for this rather inserting language into the bill concerning it, its good on Obama to stick to his promise.
    The bill already contained language concerning it, but the pro-life crowd wanted something stronger. Rather than send the bill through yet another amendment process and wasting a lot of time, they went with this.

    The executive order basically says "This bill will continue to follow the existing legislation that bans federal subsidy or funding of abortions."
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    Re: Obama to sign promised executive order on abortion

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    The Associated Press: Obama to sign promised executive order on abortion



    Whether current law is sufficient to ban federal funding for abortions is up for debate. However this executive order either reinforces that or it gives additional protections sought by those who do not wish funding for this procedure to occur.

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    No real comment on this, except I wonder if its being kept private out of concerns that Biden can't keep his mouth shut
    I heard it was done this way so as to keep to the idea the health care bill was been about health care, not abortion.

    Quote Originally Posted by Zyphlin View Post
    While I question the use of a signing statement for this rather inserting language into the bill concerning it, its good on Obama to stick to his promise.

    Signing statement? Those are tacked on when to a bill when it is signed. Executive orders are not the same.

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    Re: Obama to sign promised executive order on abortion

    Quote Originally Posted by Gina View Post
    Signing statement? Those are tacked on when to a bill when it is signed. Executive orders are not the same.
    Yep, my bad, that was a case of brain and fingers not syncing up

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    Re: Obama to sign promised executive order on abortion

    Quote Originally Posted by Gina View Post
    I heard it was done this way so as to keep to the idea the health care bill was been about health care, not abortion.
    Cause the purity of the bill having to do with Health Care only really makes a ton of sense when you place it next to the fact College Loan legislation was tacted on.

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