USCCB News Release
February 3, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Gallup Poll: Most Americans Disapprove of Mexico City Policy Reversal
WASHINGTON—A USA Today/Gallup poll on actions taken by President Obama showed the least support for his January 23 decision to reverse the Mexico City Policy and restore U.S. funding to organizations that perform and promote abortion in developing nations. Deirdre McQuade, assistant director for policy and communications for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, commented on the January 31-February 1 survey:
"Cardinal Justin Rigali, Chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities, has said that the bishops find the recent decision by President Barack Obama to reverse the Mexico City Policy 'very disappointing.' Most Americans seem to agree.
The recent USA Today/Gallup poll shows that only 35 percent of those surveyed approve of the President's controversial move 'allowing funding to overseas family planning groups that provide abortions.' Fifty-eight percent disapproved of this executive order.
An Administration that wants to reduce abortions should not divert U.S. funds to groups that perform and promote abortion.
Our country faces serious national challenges at this time, requiring Americans to unite for the common good of all, especially the poor and vulnerable. This is no time to divide our nation with policies that offend the pro-life values of most Americans."