.- Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodriguez of Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic) called the decision by President Barack Obama to lift the prohibition against giving federal funds to organizations that promote abortion overseas âembarrassing for the United States.â
The cardinal said it was a âpolitical contradictionâ that the new American president âwould decide to leave Iraq, where so many people have died, and now give an incentive to death in the United States and the world.â
âMr. Barack Obama is radically mistaken, so I hope he has the time and the chance to reflect that this is not the way to begin the moral reconstruction of the United States,â he added.
âThe United States,â the Archbishop of Santo Domingo said, âis not going to benefit at all from this measure, what he (Obama) is doing is bringing down the countryâs morality even more.â
The cardinal said the decision would have âdramatic consequencesâ for the Dominican Republic, because âin our country there are many institutions dedicated to promoting abortion and killing childrenâ that will now receive American dollars.
He called on Dominicans to work âto provide our children with healthy environments, a place where they can live in peace and that they can be welcomed by a society that can educate them.â
Organizations that promote abortion in the Dominican Republic such as âProfamiliaâ and âMujer y Saludâ said last week they would be requesting funding from the U.S. agencies that provide overseas assistance.