By Dan Gilgoff, God & Country
Family Research Council Action senior VP Tom McClusky, one of Washington's top antiabortion lobbyists, has tallied a list of setbacks to the antiabortion cause in the first hundred days of the Obama administration. Democrats and progressives will contest some of McClusky's claims and terminology—he calls the Terri Schiavo case one of "assisted homicide" and refers to abortion-rights supporters as "pro-abortion"—but it's a helpful guide to how the traditional antiabortion movement sees the Obama administration.
Here's McClusky's long list of grievances, which actually goes back further than 100 days:
November 19th, 2008 President-elect Obama nominates pro-abortion former Senator Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) as his Health and Human Services Secretary.
December 10th, 2008 The Obama transition team publishes a wish list from radical pro-abortion groups of pro-abortion actions they would like to see from the Administration.
November 25th, 2008 President-elect Obama appoints Melody Barnes, former board member for the pro-abortion EMILY's List and executive vice president for policy at the George Soros-funded Center for American Progress, as director of the domestic policy council.
December 1st, 2008 President-elect Obama nominates pro-abortion advocate Senator Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) as Secretary of State and pro-abortion advocate Susan Rice as Ambassador to the United Nations.
December 20th 2008 President Obama nominates Harold Varmus and Jonathan Moreno, both of whom advocate for destroying human embryos for experiments and human embryo cloning for experiments, to the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.
January 6th, 2009 President-elect Obama nominates Thomas Perrelli, attorney who argued on behalf of Michael Schiavo pro bono in the assisted homicide case of Terri Schiavo, to be Associate Attorney General
President Obama nominates Dawn Johnsen, former Executive Director of radical pro-abortion group NARAL who has argued against the policy of "reducing abortions" and has compared pregnancy to slavery, to be Assistant Attorney General.
January 22nd, 2009 In one of his first written public statements, President Obama releases a statement celebrating the anniversary of the Roe-v. Wade decision that allows for unlimited abortion.
January 23rd, 2009 President Obama issues his Executive Order overturning the Mexico City Policy, freeing up taxpayer funds for groups that perform and promote abortions.
January 26th, 2009 President Obama's nominee for Deputy Secretary of State, James B. Steinberg, testifies that he believes the Constitution guarantees abortion should be funded by taxpayer funds.
February 3rd, 2009 President Obama nominates David Ogden, a lawyer for the porn industry who has argued that girls as young as 14 do not need parental notification when seeking an abortion and that abortion is a form of family planning that should be eligible for taxpayer funding, to be Deputy Attorney General
HHS Secretary Nominee Tom Daschle drops out over tax problems.
February 12th, 2009 President Obama nominates Elena Kagan, advocate for homosexuals serving in the military and a federalization of certain crimes against homosexuals (hate crimes) to be Solicitor General.
February 18th, 2009 President Obama appoints Ellen Moran, former executive director of pro-abortion political action committee EMILY's's List, as White House Communications Director
February 28th, 2009 President Obama begins the process to overturn conscience protections which protect healthcare professionals from violating their beliefs by being forced to participate in or refer for abortions.
March 2nd, 2009 President Obama nominates Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius, who has vetoed numerous bills regulating late term abortions while also receiving political donations from late term abortionists, to HHS
March 4th, 2009 President Obama's nominee for Surgeon General, CNN Medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta, withdraws his name from consideration. Mr. Gupta opposed conscience protections for health care professionals.
March 5th, 2009 At the first White House summit on health care reform the Obama administration invites numerous advocates for abortion, including Planned Parenthood and the Human Rights Campaign, but no advocates for conscience protections or the pro-life position.
March 9th, 2009 President Obama issues an Executive Order reversing federal restrictions on human embryonic stem cell research, opening the path to taxpayer funds for experiments from human research embryos, human clones, and human-animal hybrids
March 10th, 2009 The Obama administration, at the Commission on the Status of Women meeting at the United Nations argues an "international" right to abortion at a United Nations meeting.
March 11th, 2009 President Obama signs Omnibus spending bill. Bill overturns the Kemp-Kasten pro-life rider which gave presidents the prerogative to deny tax funds to groups involved in coercive abortions.
March 12th, 2009 President Obama appoints Tina Tchen, a former vice-president of NOW to head the White House Council on Women and Girls
March 14th, 2009 President Obama nominates abortion advocate Dr. Margaret Hamburg to be Administrator of the Food an Drug Administration
President Obama nominates Joshua Sharfstein as Deputy Food and Drug Administration Commissioner. Dr. Sharfstein once wrote that pro-life laws "undermine women's health."
March 16th, 2009 President Obama's State Department releases $50 million to UNFPA, which has funded groups connected to coercive abortions in other countries, including China.
March 17th, 2009 President Obama nominates David Hamilton, former fundraiser for the controversial liberal group ACORN, as first judicial appointment.
March 26th, 2009 Secretary of State Hillary Clinton accepts the Margaret Sanger Award from Planned Parenthood. Margaret Sanger was a fierce supporter of abortion on demand and was a fan of eugenics.
April 7th, 2009 President Obama nominates pro-abortion law professor Harold Koh as the top lawyer for the State Department.
April 14th, 2009 President Obama's Department of Homeland Security releases a report on domestic terrorism that targets, among others, veterans and pro-life advocates.
April 17th, 2009 The National Institutes of Health issue draft guidelines for taxpayer funding of human embryonic stem cell research, creating an incentive for human embryo destruction for experiments
April 20th, 2009 President Obama nominates Cass Sunstein, to head the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. Dr. Sunstein has stated regarding rationing health care: "A program that saves young people produces more welfare than one that saves old people."
April 22nd, 2009 President Obama's Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, testifies in a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing that the Obama Administration believes that "reproductive health" includes a right to abortion and that the policy of the Obama Administration is to work to overturn pro-life laws in other countries.
President Obama's Food and Drug Administration issues an order that the sometimes abortifacient, Plan B (also known as the "morning after pill" should be given to 17-year-old girls without a prescription or their parents' consent.