Obama To Sign Abortion Executive Order

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President Obama is scheduled to sign an executive order Wednesday that reiterates the ban on federal spending on abortions and extends it to health plans created under the new health care law. This fulfills a promise that persuaded a group of anti-abortion Democrats to support the health care bill at the last minute.

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President Obama is scheduled to hold another signing ceremony today, and unlike yesterday's signing of the health care bill into law, this one will be closed to the press. The president will sign an executive order that reiterates the ban on federal spending on abortions and affirms that it covers health plans created under the new law.

This fulfills a promise that persuaded a group of anti-abortion Democrats to support the health care legislation, adding enough votes for it to pass.

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