Vatican Blasts Obama Policy on Abortion

Backers say plan promotes women's health, fights AIDS
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 25, 2009 2:24 PM CST
In this picture made available by the Vatican newspaper Osservatore Romano, Pope Benedict XVI, flanked by youths from Catholic groups, looks out over St. Peter's Square Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009.    (AP Photo/Osservatore Romano, HO)
camera-icon View 1 more image

(Newser) – The Vatican today condemned President Obama's move to give federal funding to international groups that include abortions and abortion counseling with health care, the BBC reports. A Vatican official said the policy dealt a blow to those fighting "the slaughter of the innocents." Supporters of the move say it will promote women's health and help fight AIDS.