In his first week of office, President Obama set a disappointing tone for pro-life advocates by overturning the Mexico City Policy, which bans federal funding of abortion around the world.
Pro-life advocates say Obama's quick action to overturn the previous administration's abortion policy is a misfortune, despite postponing the decision for a day.
"His decision to delay the action one day to avoid it coinciding with the 36th anniversary of the landmark decision legalizing abortion, Roe v. Wade is still a slap in the face to the millions of Americans who find abortion repugnant and the taking of innocent human life," said Chief Counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice Jay Sekulow.
President of Americans United for Life Action Charmaine Yoest says she is also concerned about the effect the policy change will have on women abroad.
"What a terrible way to begin a new administration: with an abortion business bailout that will exploit women in developing countries for political ends," she said.
Pro-lifers say it is the unborn baby who will be most affected.
Nellie Gray, founder of the March for Life event, told CBN News that the revoking of policy, also known as "the global gag rule," is tragic for pre-born boys and girls.
Gray, who refers to abortion clinics as 'killing sites' said, "To understand this fact, President Obama must.see the bloody corpse of a pre-born who has been aborted."
Even thought the idea is far-fetched, Gray said she hoped Obama would someday sign an "emancipation proclamation" to protect the right to life for all pre-born humans.
Obama Makes a Statement
On Friday, President Obama described the issue as a political wedge as he signed the orders reversing the policy.
"For too long, international family planning assistance has been used as a political wedge issue, the subject of a back and forth debate that has served only to divide us," Obama said. "I have no desire to continue this stale and fruitless debate."
The Mexico City Policy was instituted by President Ronald Reagan in 1984, overturned by President Bill Clinton in 1993, and re-instituted by President George W. Bush in 2001.
The "the global gag rule" prevented federal funding for international non-governmental organizations that performed abortions or provided information or counseling about abortions.
The reversal clears the way for the U.S. to fund family planning services and abortion counseling services through tax payer money.
According to the Associated Press, roughly $286 million from federal taxpayers currently funds the abortion industry.
Sources: ACLJ, ABC News, The Associated Press