Open season on Unborn
On the 20th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision and just two days into his presidency, Bill Clinton declared open season on the unborn by signing five memorandums reversing Reagan-Bush policies intended to reduce the number of abortions.
Lifting of the so-called “gag rule” on abortion counseling at federally funded clinics got the most attention but also lifted were restrictions on federal financing of research using aborted fetuses and restrictions on aid to international family planning programs that are involved in abortion or abortion-related activities. Restrictions on abortions in military hospitals were also eased, and Clinton called for a review of the current ban on importation of RU-486, the French abortion inducing drug.
Clinton’s actions came as a huge crowd of pro-life Americans gathered just a few blocks from the White House for the annual March for Life.
A harshly worded editorial in the Vatican daily L ‘Osservatore Romano took Clinton to task for these actions destructive of innocent human life. While the editorial was unsigned, it was clear that the editorial represented the thinking of the Pope and signaled a confrontation on these issues between the Church and the new administration in Washington.