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Obama signs executive order on abortion out of sight of media glare

Updated 2:58 p.m.
By Michael D. Shear
There were no glaring lights or TV cameras when President Obama signed an executive order this afternoon affirming the continuing ban on federal funding for abortion. No East Room speeches. Not even a photo op handshake.

He did not use 22 pens.

But the 876-word, two-page document may be among the most important of his presidency. The carefully-negotiated document assured passage of his health care legislation by gaining a handful of crucial pro-life votes without shedding pro-choice ones.

"The executive order found a sweet spot, which I'm surprised existed," said William Galston of the Brookings Institution. "Something that didn't send the base of the party into a tizzy but seems to have satisfied a very important minority within the party. It was the model of win-win pragmatism."

A strict reading of the order suggests that it does little more than restate the existing prohibition on abortion funding, known as the Hyde amendment, and make sure that government officials "are aware of their responsibilities, new and old."

But that didn't stop pro-choice activists from condemning Obama for agreeing to it, or keep pro-life groups from asserting that it falls short.

The National Organization for Women declared Sunday night that Obama's commitment to abortion rights is "shaky at best" and said his willingness to sign the order demonstrated that "it is acceptable to negotiate health care on the backs of women."

For the activist groups, overheated rhetoric is part of the fundraising game. A threat to their core agenda can help them raise enormous amounts of money from their members and supporters. NOW declared Monday that it would launch an effort to repeal the Hyde
Amendment
, the more than three-decade-old annual budgetary provision that Obama affirmed.

As Galston notes, the president's decision to sign the order did not drive a single pro-choice lawmaker to vote against it, suggesting that the substance of the letter was less important than its symbolic value.

But for the president, the order reflects a willingness to ask some of his most devoted constituents -- women, gays, unions and African Americans -- to swallow a few toads while he battles on behalf of his broader agenda.

Obama has asked gays and lesbians to be patient when it comes to "don't ask, don't tell." There is little indication that the president wants to push the "card check" legislation on union voting that his allies desperately want. And African American legislators have griped publicly about the lack of attention from Obama to issues important to their communities.

With Sunday's executive order on abortion, the president and his lawyers appear to have struck a delicate balance.

He's in no mood to publicize it.

By Michael D. Shear  |  March 24, 2010; 1:15 PM ET
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency , Health Care  
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Executive Order does not trump law of the land.

The president, Waxman, and the entire liberal cabal want to circumvent the Hyde Amendment anyway they can; this is only the beginning.

Of course he signed it in private; did they take it out the same door the Dali Lama used? Sleazy.

Posted by: pielusztcontractor | March 29, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Executive Order does not trump law of the land.

The president, Waxman, and the entire liberal cabal want to circumvent the Hyde Amendment anyway they can; this is only the beginning.

Of course he signed it in private; did they take it out the same door the Dali Lama used? Sleazy.

Posted by: pielusztcontractor | March 29, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Executive Order does not trump law of the land.

The president, Waxman, and the entire liberal cabal want to circumvent the Hyde Amendment anyway they can; this is only the beginning.

Of course he signed it in private; did they take it out the same door the Dali Lama used? Sleazy.

Posted by: pielusztcontractor | March 29, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Just one more example of transparency in Obama's administration..Zilch, none, nada...

I want one photo of the signing so as to ascertain the presence of Nick Rahall D-WV and Mollahan D-WV who both will be voted out of office in November...These "pro lifers" need to be sent home!!

Posted by: jayrus331 | March 25, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

TPartier,
Not that Jefferson is known as a theologian, but why would you repeat a portion of his letter to Adams (seemingly) out of context? By the portion you've repeated it may appear that he didn't believe in Jesus, or in God the Father.

Posted by: rpatoh | March 24, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

What a complete joke!

Nice try pres . . . I was born a night but not last night!

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Posted by: mmmitkonlyyou | March 24, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

And the day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the supreme being as his father in the womb of a virgin will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerve in the brain of Jupiter. But may we hope that the dawn of reason and freedom of thought in these United States will do away with this artificial scaffolding, and restore to us the primitive and genuine doctrines of this most venerated reformer of human errors.

-Thomas Jefferson, Letter to John Adams, April 11, 1823

Posted by: TPartier | March 24, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

TO: DLB10
You easily call Obama a liar;
but it is the republicans who are propagating that the Government-funded abortion lie.
Abortion and sterilization have been government-funded entities for years; yet the repulicans agenda was to stir up Holier-than-Thou people like you to join Tea parties.
I heard Bush refer to the Koran in a very similar way; which is very unfortunate.
But for you to balatantly call someone a "Deceitful liar" makes you that. If you are the Christian you seem to want to allude to, then you would know that as you judge you shall be judged; and the same measure you mete out will be measured to you again. You must live in Obama's skin to know whether he has referred to the Bible as Holy (which it is); otherwise you are misrepresenting something you are otherwise clueless about.

Posted by: saveoursouls | March 24, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

The government already funds abortions through Planned Parenthood and has DECEIVED the people into thinking it does not provide tax payer funded abortions now.
The government is full of LIARS, THIEVES and DECEITFUL POLITICAINS that will do whatever it takes to MAKE A NAME FOR THEMSELVES, or to "MAKE HISTORY" or to have that "tingling feeling going up their legs ala Chris Matthews. EMOTIONALISM is driving this whole process along with PRIDE and OBAMA's NEED for AGGRANDIZEMENT and to BEING EXALTED. Talk about a self deluded NARCISSIST!
OBAMA IS A DECEITFUL LIAR who calls the Koran Holy and does not do so with the TRUE HOLY BIBLE of Christianity.

Posted by: DLB10 | March 24, 2010 8:17 PM | Report abuse

NoChange Obama.
Might as well have voted for McCain.

Posted by: thomasmc1957 | March 24, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Accommodator,

We've ramped up the war for opium, and progressive states are moving to legalize marijauna.

Posted by: rpatoh | March 24, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Medicaid will pay the full cost of abortions in NYS. The money used comes from state not federal funds. Anti-abortion fanatics cannot make inroads in the Empire State. They will have to remain in the bible belt.

Posted by: melvin_polatnick | March 24, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

We don't want your babies, and Emperor Obama can't keep us from aborting them. Congress gave us the money, the means, and the law.

Posted by: rpatoh | March 24, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

What a crock of whale dung! That order isn't worth the ink that stains the paper. StupidPak knew damned well that the exec orders didn't mean anything, as did Bama.

He's a wuss who bent over, and grabbed his ankles for Peeloser and BOlinksy, because he didn't have the testicular fortitude to stand by his principles...Oh yes he did- he received money for his airport construction. Wonder what the rest of the losers received.

Posted by: obamaalmighT | March 24, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

WELL NOW WHY DON'T YOU TELL STUPID OOPS I MEAN STUPAK THAT THE EXECUTIVE ORDER DOES NOTHING OBAMA TRICKED HIM TOO !!! HE WILL EVENTUALLY FIND OUT AND FIND THAT HIS SUPPOSED DEMOCRATIC FRIEND TURNED INTO A DEMOCRATIC FIEND !!!! JUST AS WE ALREADY KNOW !!!

Posted by: yourmomscalling | March 24, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

It would seem to me that if this executive order had any weight at all in reality that NOW, Planned Parenthood, and other liberal groups would be going crazy over this. It obviously isn't worth the paper it is printed on. The silence on the left is the best evidence that this order is just another way to pay off some folks for voting for a really bad bill that will make even worse law.

Posted by: professorpooky1 | March 24, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse

To Accommodator:
You make a very valid point!

Posted by: saveoursouls | March 24, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

NOTICE, there seems NO LIMIT to amount of taxpayer $$$ spent buying Viagara, Cialis and other RECREATIONAL DRUGS. NOBODY currently in elected office has been effective or made an honest attempt to bring down the high cost of prescription drugs in this country and STOP government purchases of non-essential / recreational drugs.

Posted by: Accommodator | March 24, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

to amenalot:
If Barak Obama did not sign this bill, then it would be used as propaganda by those of you who know what to label it as "as useless piece of paper."
When you speak of those who receive free health care, do you mean your parents, members of the senate or those whom you just wish to slam on your way out the door?

Posted by: saveoursouls | March 24, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Don't you people get it? Obama knows what he is doing. He is signing a useless piece of paper that 95% of the public does not understand the non-significance of, and is being reported by a media that either does not understand what it is reporting or is not fully reporting the facts. This is for show for all the people who are now happily getting "free" health care. He is playing to the most uninformed in our society. These sheep buy the junk these politicians are selling and have no idea what is really going on. To them, reading a newspaper and learning the facts is less important that knowing who got knocked off American Idol last week. When these idiots in Washington and on a local level in our states pass garbage like this, who can blame them for taking the attitude that they are doing what's best for all of us. The first problem is reporters like this that don't analyze the facts and what they mean. The second problem is, that even if the reporter did that, nobody wants to take the time to think for themselves what it all means. We need to teach our kids to think independently and reach their own conclusions without relying on reporters like this. Learn the real facts and the significance of what he signed takes on a whole different meaning.

Posted by: amenalot | March 24, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Why *should* there have been a bunch of "media glare" regarding this executive order? All it does is affirm an existing law, plus, it's completely anticlimactic following the signing of the new HCR law. Next, we'll be hearing criticism of the media for not headlining "Sun Rises in East".

Posted by: gshenaut | March 24, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Don't you think this entire report is rather misleading, since Politico and other sources are reporting quite a healthy contingent of elected officials and photos taken by the White House photographer, which will be publicly shared? Yes, there weren't literally TV cameras and reporters, but there was definitely a well-attended and photographed event.

Slanted coverage is not what I expect to see in the Post, which despite its kneejerk detractors, normally plays it down the middle better than in this case.

Posted by: fairfaxvoter | March 24, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

The need for faith did not begin with this administration. Trusting in the arm of flesh has never been a wise decision. Look at the governments/kingdoms from history until now; from powerful Babylon to Greece, to Rome down thru the ages...
Man's government will fail because it is built upon man's laws and constitutions.
The US came close to incorporating the laws of Almighty God; but greed thru the form of slavery to the greed of robber barons, and now due to corporate greed; MANKIND DOES NOT PLAY FAIR!
I am amazed at the strength Barak Obama exudes in the face of such opposition. He must be a praying man...

Posted by: saveoursouls | March 24, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Well I was such a huge supporter of Barack Obama and felt so grateful when he was elected. Now I am so sad and upset that I have to leave this world to my grandchildren. What a fiasco that health care bill is. It just pays the insurance companies. And the issues do not really matter.....our country is a laughed at country and China will own us soon. What a fiasco about the abortion bill which was signed in secret after years of fighting for women's rights, we are losing huge ground....I may get publically political.

I am ashamed of the huge letdown that we are experiencing under the regime of Barack Obama......we committed the most eggregious error by believing in him.....we are now a government run nation and we were created by freedom zealots only to hand everything over to him.....housing.....industry......all suffer except his banks! Shame on us.....

Posted by: morgancowan333 | March 24, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Since the Hyde Amendment is the law of the land, then were President Obama to later nullify his Executive Order, this would not change the Hyde Amendment, true? Or am I missing something? It would be nice to have the text of the Executive Order, and any text in the Health Bill that touches directly on abortion.

Posted by: gbyron60 | March 24, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps Mr. Obama has an option higher than perhaps some of you can see...

Posted by: saveoursouls | March 24, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

On a more serious note: "The first thing I'd do as president is sign the Freedom of Choice Act. On this fundamental issue, I will not yield. And Planned Parenthood will not yield." Barry Obama, July 2007.
I guess the argument by his attorneys at Clinton & Clinton would be that he did not "yield," but came to a complete stop?

Posted by: sneedj | March 24, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

In the words of the immortal Joe Biden, "This is F*&%ing great!"

Posted by: sneedj | March 24, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

The executive order is meaningless. It has no bearing on a court's interpretation of the law itself, and Obama could rescind it tomorrow. It's a fig leaf for the supposedly "pro-life" Democrats that pretended to stand up to the healthcare bill on principle. Ultimately, it's a monument to the cynicism and sausage-making that went into the extremely unpopular and expensive bill.

Posted by: zippyspeed | March 24, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

So what does the signing mean, Michael? You have succeeded in writing a story that tells us nothing what the executive order means - but spends more time talking political implications for Obama. I would like to know if this means that no public money will be spent for abortions or are there loopholes in the newly signed law that will allow public monies to be spent at hospitals on abortions. You, like so many journalists, dance around the subject without telling the people the truth. What is it?

Posted by: JohnEP | March 24, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Thank God he voted his conscience.
In this world you're damned if you do,
and damned if you don't. You can never please everyone, nor should you try to.
Almighty God is the one to please.
I know that in these last days the love of many will wax cold, and look around it is oh so true... but evil men and seducers will wax worse and worse.
Just remember people, everyone of you, hate-slingers, profane, hate-filled, and all the other heinous beast-like natures propagating your own individual brands of hell; YOU WILL REAP WHAT YOU SOW. SOME CALL IT KARMA, OTHERS CALL IT THE LAW OF THE HARVEST; BUT WHAT GOES AROUND COMES BACK AROUND... YOUR ACTIONS WILL EITHER ELEVATE YOU, OR BURY YOU! There is a lot to be said about treating others as you would have them treat you...

Posted by: saveoursouls | March 24, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Yes, amazing don't you think that no pro-choice politicans minded this at all.

Maybe because it has no actual significance? If they agree with the concept of this, why weren't they willing to add it to the actual health care reform bill?

Because they know an executive order has no standing as law.

Posted by: heathergreeneyes | March 24, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

The fact that both sides are unhappy probably means that the President is EXACTLY RIGHT. If we as democrats are asking the rest of the country to comprimise, WE must be ready to do the same. Good Job MR. President.

Posted by: insider9909 | March 24, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

You GUYS can't be that stupid. Women have been getting abortions by private doctors for years. They just give them a shot and it's over. It is NEVER listed as an Abortion on the medical records. Abortion is legal. Poor women will jsut go to regular doctors and not planned parenthood. No matter how you try women who want legal abortions will get them. Period. Nobody can stop that. It's LEGAL. I don't agree with it, but I know they are getting them.

Posted by: Julescator | March 24, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Of course He had no PR on the signing of this meaningless slap-in-the-face EO!!
It's another example of his trampling of the system!!
Mr Transparency goes in the closet once again! It's where he keeps his ashtray!?!?!
2010 will be so easy! 2012 will feel so good!

Posted by: thornegp2626 | March 24, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Obama SHOULD be ashamed of this action. I guess that, when it comes down to it, he won't make the tough call.

And don't tell me it's for the greater good. THAT is hogwash.

No matter where you stand on this bill, it doesn't change the fact the service the feds are so underhanded about is a legal medical service. SHAME ON OBAMA.

Posted by: cfow1 | March 24, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

It's hilarious to read apologists' excuses for this hypocrite..."Uh, uh, it's meaningless...uh, he had his fingers crossed...uh, he's transcendent!" Quit inhaling hopium and face the fact that he said during the campaign that he would rescind the Bush Conscience Clause and instead, by signing this executive order, he has made it law. He promised gays he would end Don't Ask Don't Tell, he's not going to do that, he promised "Universal" healthcare instead we get an guaranteed annuity for the health insurance companies, he promised to close Gitmo; he's won't. He promised to protect the environment and yet his administration has approved more mountaintop removal than any other, Republican or Democrat. I could go on and on. This president does not keep his promises and does not care about the citizens who elected him.

Posted by: janicen1 | March 24, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

What about the FATHERS RIGHT'S???


Abortion is disgusting yes, but other than divine conception, Men are involved in the act of procreation, then how is it, in this day of DNA men are EXCLUDED from the "Choice" women make???

Posted by: robof4 | March 24, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Transparency at it's finest! I'm sure it was quiet because it's meaningless!

Posted by: NO-bama | March 24, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

How can anyone on either side support this sleezy slimy president? Underhanded, evasive, amoral, and constantly selling out ememies and friends to get whatever will put him in the history books. He is the ruination of America.

Posted by: blittle1 | March 24, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

What a nice touch! Signing a completely worthless executive order that directly adds additional language to a law. Whoever thought congressmen could be so gullible. Pelosi, Reid and the President know better.

An executive order cannot add language to or supersede a law. The President signed the dead goat into law, without the Hyde language, and issuing an executive order that says otherwise is just plain old deceptive.

Now that the stealth take over operation is law, an executive order cannot add the Hyde language to US code. Only congress can do that, and this out of control congress will never do that.

Posted by: thelaw1 | March 24, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

And this is a surprise how?

Aside from the fact that its only teeth can work on the Executive Branch of the Federal Government, it's only a symbolic thing not a real one.

Let's ditch all of the incumbents... doesn't matter if they're D, R, I, or any other letter.

Posted by: kiltedknight | March 24, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

The abortion debate may have more to do with being able to "name the father" than anything else. Some people are sincere and have a genuine problem with aborting a fetus, but I suspect more want to establish paternity and social control.

Posted by: redd1 | March 24, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

And this is a surprise how?

Aside from the fact that it's only teeth can work on the Executive Branch of the Federal Government, it's only a symbolic thing not a real one.

Let's ditch all of the incumbents... doesn't matter if they're D, R, I, or any other letter.

Posted by: kiltedknight | March 24, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

having a president this gutless costs us all in the end. im quite sure it already has.

Posted by: dummypants | March 24, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

The GOP is now saying that it won’t work after 2 p.m.

They caused a Homeland Security hearing to be canceled where several admirals and generals had flown in from as far away as Korea. Apparently Mc Cain is going nutzo on the floor.

They also caused a Senate hearing on homeless veterans to be canceled.

The GOP is the most dishonest, irrational, childish, bigoted, corrupt and incompetent group of slimeballs in modern history.

Posted by: losthorizon10 | March 24, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Obama once again shows his disdain for women. Don't you remember that he voted against abortion rights as a State Senator in Illinois?

What is surprising is that most women don't seem to care, and are willing to sacrifice their health to help this Narcisist "make history!"

Posted by: tina5 | March 24, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Of course he signed it quietly. Don't want to annoy "the base" by being too flamboyant about it.
The whole idea does sort of boggle the mind, though: Democrats scream to high heaven for the right to abort their fetuses, and clamor to bring in illegal aliens to pump up the voter rolls. Just bizarre.

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Posted by: linlinmeihua | March 24, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure it will be rescinded even more quietly. In fact, I'd be surprised if it is reported in the WEAPO.

Posted by: NormReisig | March 24, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

So what? That Executive Order is not worth the paper it is written on. Executive Orders do not trump Statutory Law. Those who think they do are simply fooling themselves. The day they do is the day that the Constitution is no longer the basis for government in this country.

Posted by: Tawodi | March 24, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

As a European citizen, I want to express my disapointment, when I compare the omnipotent comments about abortion and murder, and the deafening silence surrounding the soon comming execution (murder?) in Texas. Obviously, several dark zones do encompass this convicts guilt. Why don't give him his chance with the current scientific possibilities?
I'd like President Obama to stop this process now.
He has done a great job with the healthcare program. See, we enjoy much more evolved "social security" here. Can one seriously say that Germany has gone economically bankrupt, or that they are communists? It's healthcare program has been introduced by Bismarck two centuries ago...

Posted by: rops | March 24, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Of course it's a quiet signing . . . why in the world would Obama want any visibility on this back door political payoff?

Posted by: rplat | March 24, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully when the pro-abortion legal challenges attempt to overturn President Obama’s executive order, all Democrats (those pro-life before birth and those pro-life after birth) will, keeping in mind the Honorable Congressman Stupak and the cohort who enabled HCR to pass, codify in statute the no abortion-funding and conscience clause policies.

During the recommit debate, it was stated:

It is the Democrats who have stood up for the principle of no public funding for abortions. It is Democrats through the President's executive order that ensures the sanctity of life is protected because all life is precious and all life should be honored.

Democrats guarantee all life of the unborn to the last breath of a senior citizen is respected, for the unborn child and his or her mother will finally have pre- and postnatal care under this bill....

We stand for the American people! We stand up for life! Vote no on this motion to recommit....

Action speaks louder than words. Time will tell.

Posted by: Katheen777 | March 24, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

If and when this ever gets before a court, and if the actual language of the bill causes some confusion, courts usually look at legislative intent. If there is any confusion about legislative intent, they will look to any other official document to determine what it is. In this respect, the executive order will reinforce the intent that this law does not permit federal funding of abortion.

Posted by: Risejugger

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Actually, you're wrong. Courts do not give much, if any, weight to executive orders at all. Perhaps if a bureaucrat was accused of wrongdoing, but pointed out that the actions in question were simply following the letter of an executive order, this could minimize a person's culpability in criminal court, but in terms of judicial review, the executive order means nothing. It does not show legislative intent because Obama is not a part of the legislative branch, and the order itself has no official standing within the law. It is simply the executive chief ordering his employees to carry out policy in a specific manner.

In the case of this executive order, it means less than most, mainly because the actual language of the Senate bill already does allow money to go to abortions. Pro-abortion Democrats know this, which is why they fought so hard to keep Stupak's language out of the final bill, even though they compromised and accepted that language in the original House bill. If Stupak's language were not a significant restriction beyond what is in the Senate bill, then Democrats would have accepted it. Because the Senate bill does allow abortion funding, Obama's order is worth less than the paper it is written on. Executive orders cannot trump legislative acts. Bureaucrats will carry out the law as written, and courts will weigh the text of the law. Obama's order will be treated as irrelevant.

Posted by: blert | March 24, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Great duty for the Secret Service...tackling anyone who might pull out a camera-ready cell phone to catch the president's crossed fingers during the signing.

Posted by: BluePelican | March 24, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

I THINK IT IS INTERESTING TO NOTE THAT EASTER IS ALMOST HERE. DESPITE WHAT SOME MAY THINK EASTER IS NO ABOUT BUNNIE RABBITS. IT IS ABOUT THE DEATH OF JESUS CHRIST AND HIS RESURRECTION. JESUS WAS SOLD OUT BY JUDAS FOR 30 PIECES OF SILVER. DOES ANYONE WONDER WHAT THE THIRTY PIECES OF SILVER WERE FOR CONGRESSMAN STUPAK. HOW COULD THIS MAN SUDDENLY BELIEVE THAT AN EXECUTIVE ORDER FROM THE BIGGEST TELLER OF FALSEHOODS WE HAVE EVER SEEN WILL MEAN ANYTHING.
NOTHING HAS CHANGED. UNLESS IT WAS IN THE BILL THE ORDER MEANS NOTHING OTHER THAN WORDS ON A PAGE. STUPAK WAS STUPID. WORSE YET, HIS SHOW OF OPPOSITION WAS NOTHING MORE THAN AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THE NATION AND HIS VOTERS TO SEE THE CHARACTER OF THE MAN THEY SENT TO WASHINGTON TOO REPRESENT THEM.I WISH STUPAK ALL THE FUTURE SECCESS HE DESERVES.
IF YOU RECALL, JUDAS THREW AWAY THE 30 PIECES, REGRETTING WHAT HE HAD DONE. STUPAK IS TO DUMB TO REGRET WHAT HE HAS DONE.

Posted by: MALBENNET | March 24, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Finally, Baracky Hussein Obama does the right thing.

Another, really - really bad day for the DEMOCRUDS.

Posted by: stephenwhelton | March 24, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

NOW is so outdated in it's thoughts!

Posted by: OHREALLYNOW | March 24, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

A shame, a dirty shame, but a necessary evil for a greater good. In due time, this will be redressed.

Posted by: alarico | March 24, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Another step toward the theocracy of Iran as the president follows the dictates of religious zealots.

Posted by: stuck_in_Lodi | March 24, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Yep, once again healthcare for all, but less for women. Disappointing.

Posted by: Isaboe | March 24, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Why have press coverage for the signing of a MEANINGLESS document?

The blood of abortions is now clearly on the hands of the lunatic-left d-crat socialists for all to see.

Posted by: TeaPartyPatriot | March 24, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse


Rachel Maddow looks and sounds like a man. Holy Androgeny BATMAN!

Why does MSNBC show prison program following their news shows or in PRIMETIME?

Because their viewers might see family members or have been to prison.

Posted by: Italiaxxx | March 24, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

"Whether you believe in abortion choice or not, this is a big deal because it was the final piece of legislation to give Obama care the pass. To not televise this tells me the executive order meant nothing then, and it will mean nothing in the future. This Chicago-style thievery shows that Democrats will do anything to win - the end is justified by any means possible. Hmmm...I can just imagine what is coming next. Think you have a voice? Think again because this clearly shows it's not about what you want but about what Democrats think is best for you."
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This is probably too subtle for you to comprehend; however, I will give it a shot. If and when this ever gets before a court, and if the actual language of the bill causes some confusion, courts usually look at legislative intent. If there is any confusion about legislative intent, they will look to any other official document to determine what it is. In this respect, the executive order will reinforce the intent that this law does not permit federal funding of abortion.

The rest of your comment simply demonstrates your remarkable grasp of the obvious. "Democrats [and Republicans] will do anything to win - the end is justified by any means possible."

"Think again because this clearly shows it's not about what you want but about what Democrats [Republicans] think is best for you."

The Republicans decided that tax cuts for the rich without budget cuts to pay for it, going to war under false pretenses without paying for it, enacting Medicare part D without paying for it, etc. were good for us, right!? Or do you actually think reckless fiscal policy was good for us?

The Republicans get their chance to do what they think is best for us and the Democrats their chance to do what's best for us. It goes back and forth; that is called representative democracy. Would you prefer a different form of government?

Posted by: risejugger | March 24, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

simonsays, I only watch MSNBC so that I can see alot of the democrats familiy videos..I mean Prison Locked Up shows.

Yeah, i know. All those locked up violent poor criminals could be republican right? LOL

Rachel Maddow looks and sounds like a man.

Posted by: Italiaxxx | March 24, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Sure it was a quiet signing. It isn't murder to sign away the legal rights of the unborn. I guess they do not scream their rights out as loudly as health care advocates doing away with poor innocent babies. You know it is a cost savings as stated by Pillcrazy. This is murder of the innocent. Next we will be discussing if she thinks it is cost effective to get rid of the older generation. I feel my right to freedom of speech and life is threatened by this crazy administration.

Posted by: hoosierlatina | March 24, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

And Odumbo is just as likely to unsign it if he does not get his way. The house should have insisted on this being in the so-called health reform bill.

Posted by: gmclain | March 24, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Sure it was a quiet signing. It is not a death threat to sign away the legal rights of the unborn. I guess they do not scream their rights out as loudly as the as the health care advocate billers doing away with poor innocent babies. You know it is a cost savings as stated by Pillcrazy. This is murder of the innocent. Next we will be discussing if she thinks it is cost effective to get rid of the older generation. I feel my right to freedom of speech and life threatened by this crazy administration.

Posted by: hoosierlatina | March 24, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Well, we know he is not shy of the media glare. Could he be ashamed of signing this document, toothless as it is?

Posted by: coffic | March 24, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Let is remember, an executive order can be rescinded with the stroke of a pen.

Posted by: peterburnett | March 24, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Sure it was a quiet signing. It is not a death threat to sign away the legal rights of the unborn. I guess they do not scream their rights out as loudly as the as the health care advocate billers doing away with poor innocent babies. You know it is a cost savings as stated by Pillcrazy. This is murder of the innocent. Next we will be discussing if she thinks it is cost effective to get rid of the older generation. I feel my right to freedom of speech and life threatened by this crazy administration.

Posted by: hoosierlatina | March 24, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Just one more slimy, devious, back-room manuever by Obama in what has been sewer full of corruption in passing Obamacare.

Posted by: pgr88 | March 24, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

..and I thought most Republicans were dumb; politics is an equal opportunity game. STUPID PACK, err Stupak.

Posted by: Common_Cents1 | March 24, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse


What is so sad about this is that over 50% of the voters will buy the BS. It works on both sides. How can voters be so ignorant?

Posted by: bnw173 | March 24, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

California Medi-Cal pays for abortions.

Posted by: Doctor_Evil | March 24, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

He hides the white man inside a black man's body rather well.

Personally I hate politicians who are as manipulative as this one; who knows how he will alter the intent of this 'deal' behind yet another set of closed doors.

At least Bush wasn't devious!

Posted by: Common_Cents1 | March 24, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Amazing!
a democratic president.
Escalating the war he said he would end.
Watering down healthcare into a boom for
insurance companies!
and now!
signing his name on anti-abortion rhetoric.
I'm sure Putin got what he wanted from obama too.
No Missile Defense, No interference in former soviet block countries.

What has happened to the left.
I have to quit watching MSNBC,
they just keep trashing obama,
as not a true democrat.
and I'm starting to see why.

Posted by: simonsays1 | March 24, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Lynn5... Exactly WHAT was stolen? Nothing. You just wanted to say the words "Chicago-style thievery." As for your dumb, "Think you have a voice" rationale... actually we Democrats DO have a voice. We said it loud and clear in November. And despite the sad obstructionism of the Republicans, we're finally getting some of what we want. Live with it. My favorite dumb comment of yours is, "this clearly shows it's not about what you want but about what Democrats think is best for you."

You DO know there are two sides, right? We voted our side in to give us what we want. You're pretending we all think like you. Buy a clue.

Posted by: Samuel5 | March 24, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Obama is not throwing the Choice message under a bus. He got through the most important new legislation in 45 years. It took this man at this time to do it. Hillary may have done the same thing to get the legislation passed and if she didn't, she would have lost the war. Have a little patience people, the Hyde ammendment is headed for the scrap heap, but it may take a little longer.

Posted by: RobtAlan | March 24, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

sally62, you need to grow some insight. There's a difference between changing one's views and changing one's understanding of what can and can't get the needed votes. If he'd had the votes for single payer, he would have pursued it. The lesson you should have pulled from all this is that Obama is willing to work with people to get things done. If signing an exec order to simply re-affirm a law that's already in place to make legislators & voters more comfortable, fine. He didn't change any laws by doing it, but for some reason, people like you, and the people who NEEDED that piece of paper signed, are more about illusion than practicality.

PS: Bush WAS a liar.

Posted by: Samuel5 | March 24, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Whether you believe in abortion choice or not, this is a big deal because it was the final piece of legislation to give Obama care the pass. To not televise this tells me the executive order meant nothing then, and it will mean nothing in the future. This Chicago-style thievery shows that Democrats will do anything to win - the end is justified by any means possible. Hmmm...I can just imagine what is coming next. Think you have a voice? Think again because this clearly shows it's not about what you want but about what Democrats think is best for you.

Posted by: Lynne5 | March 24, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Time to vote them all out

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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 24, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

I don't blame him for signing this ridiculous, worthless document in a closet, in the dark. And if Stupak does not know that an Executive Order cannot override LAW, then he is too dumb to be our Representative and I will be voting for Dr. Benishek, a pro-life Conservative Surgeon of 30 years who knows a little about health care. Obama doesn't want his base, the pro-abortion bunch, to see him hanging them out to dry. Unbelievable juggling but it can't go on forever.

Posted by: coffeenerves | March 24, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Give me an f-ing break. Thrown under the bus how? He does not support the Hyde amendement he clearly stated that, but he also knew that by restating the obvious language in the bill, he would secure the health care passage. This is bigger than you, it's bigger than me. Country First!

Posted by: cmcre76 | March 24, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

The executive order is important as a statement of administration policy, not as a statement of law. The concern that it addresses was the scope of the various authorities granted in the bill to various executive agencies and personnel. It affirms that nothing in those grants will be used by the administration to change the status quo on federal funding of abortion. This won't make the interest groups happy, but it is where the country is now.

Posted by: publius1 | March 24, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

"it is acceptable to negotiate health care on the backs of women"

Obama has proven over and over since he started in Chicago politics that he is perfectly capable of using anyone to get what he wants.

CNN International showed the clips today where Obama is saying that the "mandate" would be holding people "hostage" ... that was when he was promoting the single payer plan, before he was against it... so he was against the mandate before he was for it ....

And so many of you think Bush was a liar... what a hoot!

Posted by: sally62 | March 24, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Fig leaf Alert! Watch out unborn, getting you killed on the taxpayers' dime is Democrats game.

Posted by: iphony | March 24, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Obama should hide in the closet for the signing of the Sutpak abortion executive order. What is an executive order worth? In this case just about nothing. Ask Rahm or Asrod of Obama White House administration.

Bart Stupak betrayed pro-life supporters. It was a “set-up” to begin with. He faked a position for pro-life so he could sell out to Obama and sway the pro-life votes to pass the heinous Obama health law of the land.

Stupak will be known in history for his betrally kiss on pro-life, faith, Catholic Church in turn for Obama political favors. The Obama White House should give Stupak an award for his legislative performance. Some might call Stupak’s performance a corruption of politics while other call it a filthy partisan move a aid and abet social Democrats for government governing the people by political socialism elites.

Posted by: klausdmk | March 24, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

It is hard to argue that the Executive Order had any effect on those lawmaker against Federal funding of abortions, that signed the health bill. The Executive Order is not law, otherwise,it would be unconstitutional, although that has not seemed to slow this administration down. Further, the Hyde Amendment has little to no effect at all on funding of abortions. Funding under the Hyde amendment can not be used directly for abortions, so clinics and centers that receive such funding use it for other operational cost and apply other funding directly to abortions. It is a simple and easy way to circumvent the intentions of the amendment.
Whether you support abortion or are against it, the law says you have a right to have it. No where does it say nor should it be implied that the American taxpayer has to pay for it...at least not yet...
This is another, valid argument that the U.S. Government should not be involved in family planning in the first place.

This is the problem with the Pro-Choice movement. It is not enough to allow it to be legal but they expect the American taxpayer to pay for it, something that a significant amount of taxpayers are morally against.

In the end, this Executive Order means nothing, and everybody knows it. Maybe that is why it is not gettting any special attention from the White House. And the Hyde Amendment will remain as a symbol at best to affirm there is no Federal funding of abortions in the U.S. Of course, that wont stop the movement from pressure funding for a threat that is no more real than this Executive Order signed today.

Posted by: AmericanSon | March 24, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

OH!, right like that little piece of paper willl make any difference...Mr Stupack is a veteran there inWashington , he knew, he just gave in to special selfish interests...clarly he is not a people representative.


THE REPEAL ISSUE;____

It is said that repeal is ...difficult,... almost impossible,... Oabama would cast a VETO if reach White House, ...that and more,... not to mention that Mr Reid said; -"...they won't be able to repeal this...".

A full gamma of tricks and fear has been spreaded around in order to disencourage for a repeal.

Now I do think that this is a DEMOCRACY...it is not? and so BY CONSTITUTION, WE THE PEOPLE IS THE LAST WORD AND FUNDAMENTAL AUTHORITY ABOUT TO DECIDE ON ANYTHING PERTINENT TO OUR COUNTRY ...is it not?..it is not suppose to be that way?

Now , we have in government a BAND OF IN DIVIDUALS COUNTER-CONSTITUTION FOR THE VOICE AND WILL OF THE PEOPLE DOES NOT COUNT FOR THEM...isn't that the situation?

So,that group now in Washington,..(THE OBAMA GANG) HAS NO BUSSINESS TO BE THERE MAKING ANY KIND OF DECISSSION OR MOVES FOR THEY DO NOT REPRESENT THE PEOPLE ...THEY ARE TRYING TO TAKE OVER IN A DICTATORIAL-TYRANIC WAY AS THE KGB WAS IN RUSIA ONCE.

In others words THE OBAMA ADMININSTRATION IS OUT OF ORDER CONSTITUTIONALLY...does it sound about right?

So there still a lot of debate about the recently 'passed' (actually PUSHED) HEALTH CARE REFORM PROJECT regarding its CONSTITUTIONALITY.

And quite frankly,... IT IS NOT, for the ones behind it DID NOT PASSED BUT IMPOSSED AGAINST THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE...AND THAT IS ANTI-DEMOCRACY....is it not?

So, 'REPEAL' is the issue?

Very well;'

WE THE PEOPLE SHOULD, CAN, WOULD AND MUST CALL FOR A NATION-WIDE,COAST-TO-COAST GENERAL REFERNDUM IN REGARD OF THIS HEALTH CARE REFORM PROJECT.

THIS DEFINITELLY WILL SOLVED ALL THE PROBLEM FOR BASICALLY, WE THE PEOPLE - ALTHOUGH UNDERSTAND AND WANT A MUCH BETTER ARRANGEMENT ON HEALTH SERVICES - , WE THE PEOPLE DO NOT WANT THE FORMULA RECENTLY IMPOSSED TO THE AMERICAN PUBLIC AGAINST ITS WILL BY THE CURRENT ADMININSTRATION WHICH DOES NOT EMBRACE THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,...AND SO THEY ARE OUT OF ORDER.

So here is the thing;

Send this idea to your GOVERNOR, SENATOR, AND CONGRESS REPRESENTATIVE.Since I am in Indana, Mr Pence will hear from me.

However do not stop there, you can send this idea and conceptual aproach to EVERYONE THERE IN WASHINGTON DC....you see....EVERY SINGLE SOUL THERE IS GETTING THIS FROM ME VIA EMAIL.

Does this works for anyone out there?

Yes,yes, THE PELOSI-REID-PRESIDENTIAL CONSORTIOUM (with Obama as the front-face, posing and playing presedency) ARE NOT GOING TO BE VERY HAPPY TO SEE THIS DEMANDED NATION-WIDE IN ALL 50 STATES...well ,...they have to live with it, for ultimately, WE THE PEOPLE ARE THE BOSSES,, NOT THEM...as they belive they are.

Opinions welcome.

Daniel Cabrera
Merrillville,Indiana

Posted by: morcab | March 24, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

no surprise.kickback heaven is usual in politics.these people have NO ethics when it comes to figuring out to get more votes for the buck. this dope is no different the rest of them

Posted by: pofinpa | March 24, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

I agree. The Executive Office, DNC and Congressional representatives were so consumed with a "win" that they sacrificed women's health care and life choices.

The question is... would Hillary have done this? Answer, no. And, that's why women will never be in a position of power. Because the tough choices to make will never be made by a male. If there is a woman to throw under the bus, there she be tossed and there she shall remain.

So much for this Presidency. He his a dud.

Posted by: etriscari | March 24, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Which bears no legal significance at all.

Posted by: Obamasnotyamama | March 24, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Money, Politics and Healthcare, why they vote the way they do http://www.tableausoftware.com/healthcare-bill-passed

Posted by: Memphis4 | March 24, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

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