The AP reports:
President Barack Obama on Friday struck down the Bush administration’s ban on giving federal money to international groups that perform abortions or provide abortion information – an inflammatory policy that has bounced in and out of law for the past quarter-century.
Obama’s move, the latest in an aggressive first week reversing contentious Bush policies, was warmly welcomed by liberal groups and denounced by abortion rights foes.
The ban has been a political football between Democratic and Republican administrations since GOP President Ronald Reagan first adopted it 1984. Democrat Bill Clinton ended the ban in 1993, but Republican George W. Bush re-instituted it in 2001 as one of his first acts in office.
“For too long, international family planning assistance has been used as a political wedge issue, the subject of a back and forth debate that has served only to divide us,” Obama said in a statement released by the White House. “I have no desire to continue this stale and fruitless debate.”
Excuse me? What the fark is that supposed to mean? All you’re doing, Barry, is continuing that back and forth debate, as the article makes clear. Republican institutes ban; Democrat ends it. Next Republican re-institutes it; you end it again.
That’s fine; as you’re keen to point out, you won. Just please don’t pretend that you’re doing something that is new, and different, and bipartisan. Your action is politics as usual — a bone thrown to your base on a Friday afternoon. It’ll help kill a few more babies. There’s nothing fresh or bipartisan about it, so don’t pretend there is.