Will the Abortion Executive Order Do Its Job?

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As part of a deal with pro-life Democrats to pass health care reform, President Obama signed an executive order promising no taxpayer-funded abortions, Wednesday.

But groups on both sides of the issue are upset over the measure.

Abortion opponents say the order is not worth the paper it's written on, while supporters claim the president isn't living up to his pro-choice stance.

"The act maintains current Hyde Amendment restrictions governing abortion policy and extends those restrictions to the newly-created health insurance exchanges," Obama said.

He added that it "specifically prohibits" the use of tax credits and federal payments for abortion services.

It's the deal the White House struck with Congressman Bart Stupak to get him and his coalition of pro-life Democrats to vote yes for the president's health care bill.

The original abortion funding amendment written by Stupak and others also prohibited tax dollars from paying for abortions. Had it passed, it would have been added to the law books.

Executive orders, however, can be revoked at any time -- which is why pro-lifers are so upset.

"This meaningless piece of paper that the president signed today does not change the actual statutory language, which is what is needed," Susan Muskett of the National Right to Life Committee said.

CBN News spoke with Katie Walker, Communications Director of the American Life League, about the continued abortion funding debate. Click play for her comments on why pro-life groups aren't satisfied with the executive order.

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