Executive Order 13535

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Executive Order 13535 is an executive order announced by President Barack Obama on March 21, 2010, and signed on March 24. It reinforces a commitment to preservation of the Hyde Amendment's policy restricting federal funds for abortion within the context of recent health care legislation.[1][2] The order was signed after an agreement with pro-life Democratic Congressman Bart Stupak, who had said he and several other pro-life Democrats in the House of Representatives would not support the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act unless the Bill's language prohibiting federal funding of abortions was strengthened.[3][4]

The executive order was condemned as ineffective by major pro-life organizations, including the Susan B. Anthony List,[5] the National Right to Life Committee,[5] the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops,[6] Family Research Council,[7] the American Family Association,[8] Focus on the Family,[8] and Americans United for Life,[9] among others. The organizations said executive orders can be rescinded at any time by any administration.[8] They also said the fact that an executive order was needed proves that the health care law did fund abortion.[8] The National Right to Life Committee said the executive order did not correct seven provisions in the law they identified as objectionable.[10]

Pro-choice groups also condemned the executive order, questioning Obama's commitment to the pro-choice position.[5] The National Organization for Women,[5] Planned Parenthood,[11] NARAL Pro-Choice America,[12] and EMILY's List[13] were among pro-choice groups opposing the executive order.


  1. ^ Shear, Michael D. (March 24, 2010), "Obama signs executive order on abortion out of sight of media glare", The Washington Post, Retrieved March 24, 2010
  2. ^ "White House Defends Abortion-related Executive Order, Even as Obama Signs it" Archived 2010-03-27 at the Wayback Machine, Fox News, March 24, 2010, Retrieved March 24, 2010
  3. ^ "Obama issues executive order on abortion", UPI.com, March 21, 2010, Retrieved March 21, 2010
  4. ^ Montgomery, Lori & Murray, Shailagh (March 21, 2010) "In deal with Stupak, White House announces executive order on abortion", The Washington Post, Retrieved March 21, 2010
  5. ^ a b c d "Choice, Life Groups Slam Obama Order on Abortion Funding", Fox News, Mar. 21, 2010
  6. ^ "President Obama Signs Executive Order on Abortion". PBS NewsHour. 24 March 2010. Retrieved 2019-08-27.
  7. ^ Rep. Randy Neugebauer: I yelled 'baby killer' during Rep. Bart Stupak's speech
  8. ^ a b c d Stupak: From Prolife Groups' Hero to Villain 'In a Nanosecond'
  9. ^ Pro-Life Leader Charmaine Yoest: Stupak Deal 'A Tragedy for America'
  10. ^ "Statement by the National Right to Life Committee on abortion "deal" on health care legislation". Archived from the original on 2011-05-15. Retrieved 2011-05-23. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  11. ^ Statement of Cecile Richards, President of PPFA, on House Passing Historic Health Care Reform Bill
  12. ^ NOW, NARAL displeased with Obama-Stupak deal
  13. ^ It's back: Abortion debate reignites