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March 24, 2010

Keeping Faith with Bart / Aborting the Press

Obama signing executive order barring health care funds to conduct abortionsk

This photo published on the WH Flickr stream:

1.) “Sends the outrageous message that it is acceptable to negotiate healthcare reform on the backs of women.” (NOW)

2.) ‘Was issued for political effect … and “does not correct any of the serious pro-abortion provisions in the bill”.’ (National Right to Life Committee)

3.) proves that Obama is a man of his word.

4.) is the nice picture Robert Gibbs promised would be distributed to demonstrate “transparency.”

5.) proves the cleverness of the White House (social) media strategy in simultaneously publicizing this event and also barring all media coverage.

6.) made it hard to know who these politicians were because the White House did not identify them in the caption and most media reports didn’t name them either.

Caption via Chicago Sun Times:

President Obama signed an executive order on Wednesday to reaffirm that the new health law he signed Tuesday will not allow any federal funds for abortion. Although the event at the White House was closed to the press, the White House did release a photo of the invitees: the anti-abortion House Democrats who voted yes on the health bill after Obama pledged to sign the executive order. The group was led by Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) fourth from left. That’s Rep. Jerry Costello (D-Ill.), third from left.

Invited guests: Senator Bob Casey: Representatives Bart Stupak; Kathy Dahlkemper; Marcy Kaptur; Nick Rahall; Jerry Costello; Chris Carney; Steve Driehaus; Charlie Wilson; Jim Oberstar; Alan Mollohan; Brad Ellsworth; Henry Cuellar; Mike Doyle.

(photo: Pete Souza/White House caption: President Barack Obama signs an Executive Order that reaffirms the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s consistency with longstanding restrictions on the use of federal funds for abortion, in the Oval Office, March 24, 2010. Quotes via LAT)

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