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Women's groups angered by no federal funding for abortionsPosted On Thu, March 25, 2010
President Barack Obama signed into law on Wednesday an executive order that bans the federally funding of abortions under the new health care reform.
Women's advocates, who are a key group of Obama's supporters, are angered by this decision.
"This move was designed to appease a handful of anti-choice Democrats who have held up health care reform in an effort to restrict women's access to abortion," officials from the National Organization for Women said.
This is seen as another blow to the pro-choice movement that also received a setback from the Stupak-Pitts Amendment. Pro-choicers see this as the likely elimination of all private and public insurance coverage for abortion.
The Washington Post reports it's too soon to tell whether the president's decision to sign the executive order has affected his standing among women, but recent polling shows that their views on abortion more generally, and on the president, are holding steady.
Some abortion rights advocates fear Obama's executive order will only make it harder to eliminate the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits the use of federal funds for abortions, the Washington Post reports.
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