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Are they that scared of women?

Anything but jubilant, President Barack Obama awkwardly kept a promise Wednesday he made to ensure passage of historic health care legislation, pledging the administration would not allow federal funds to pay for elective abortions covered by private insurance.

Unlike Tuesday, when a beaming Obama signed the health care law in a nationally televised ceremony interrupted repeatedly by applause, the White House refused to permit coverage of the event. It occurred in the Oval Office in the presence of a small group of anti-abortion Democratic lawmakers who had extracted the commitment over the weekend. The president supports abortion rights.

Some support, eh?

The courage to stand up in public and defend those "tough decisions." I like that in a President. Oh, wait...

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Submitted by DCblogger on

or at the NOW site or anywhere that has a run down of what teh EO does, so that we can easily document that is is substantially worse than Hyde?

One of the things I plan to start blogging about is the question of abortion services and why they are central to women's health and child welfare.

we need to make it so being anti-abortion is no longer respectable.

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Submitted by mass on

If this was all so shameful for him, why did he invite Bob Casey and the Stupakers to a private signing party?

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Submitted by mass on

That's odd. I read about Casey and Stupak and a few other anti-choicers, but why would she want to see that?

There wasn't supposed to be any photos or video. Hmm.

Submitted by jawbone on

hair, but it could have been someone else. There was another woman on the left side of the photo, the woman I thought might be DW wason the right.

ABC has the segment up; now that I see the woman more clearly (better screen, not itsy-bitsy and a tad fuzzy), I don't think it's she. Struck me as strange she would be there -- but she was a strong spokeswoman so maybe it was a possibility.

The photo is shown in a slow pullaway about 1/3 of the way through - in the Health Care Opposition Gets Threatening video.

I hope people can ID some of those in the photo (which was put out by the WH, but most sites had it closely cropped, showing just Obama or Obama and Stupak. (Yes, I spent time googling for photos in any coverage.)

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Submitted by vastleft on

Announcing "this is fucking small, move along folks, nothing to see here."

Submitted by Anne on

by what he's doing...and I love that they put the women front and center.

Bad enough there's even an Executive Order on this, but there is way too much smiling going on in that photo.

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Submitted by Kick Baucus to ... on

One, it's an outrage to women who fought for decades for this right.

Two, an Executive Order is supposed to implement executive policy. This was used not only to legislate, but to actively legislate, i.e., change the outcome of a vote.