U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today made the following statement about President Obama's reversal on Friday of the Mexico City Policy that opposes U.S. funding for international organizations that promote or perform abortions.
"Legalized abortion robs this nation of vast potential and it destroys some of our nation's most cherished values: family, responsibility, and commitment," Senator Inhofe said. "Our government has both a moral and constitutional obligation to protect the sanctity of human life. President Obama's decision to reverse the Mexico City Policy that prevents the U.S. from funding international organizations that promote or perform abortions is extremely disappointing and clearly signals where the new President stands on this issue.
"I am strongly opposed to any sort of federal funding for these organizations. I have cosponsored legislation in the 111th Congress, the Title X Family Planning Act (S.85), prohibiting federal family planning funds from being awarded to any grantees and their subgrantees who perform abortions, and intend to cosponsor legislation to the same effect in the 111th Congress.
"With Democratic majorities in both chambers of Congress and a new Democratic President, we must fight twice as hard for the sanctity of life, including ensuring that the Freedom of Choice Act, legislation that would effectively reverse many pro-life laws currently enacted, does not pass. I am extremely disappointed in this policy change and will do everything in my power to keep our government leaders committed to our constitutional right to life."