Monday, June 18, 2007


House Votes Soon on Pro-Life Amendment Stopping Intl Abortion

by Steven Ertelt Editor
June 17, 2007

Washington, DC ( -- The House will vote soon on a
pro-life amendment to a federal spending bill that helps ensure
taxpayers don't have to fund groups that promote or perform
abortions overseas. Pro-life lawmakers have been working at the
committee level to try to stop abortion funding and the House
will vote as early as June 20 on the amendment.

Representatives Chris Smith, a New Jersey Republican, and Bart
Stupak, a Michigan Democrat, are behind the bipartisan amendment
to the State-Foreign Operations appropriations bill.

Their language is needed because pro-abortion Rep. Nita Lowey put
language in the bill overturning President Bushs policy
preventing the taxpayer funding of abortions. Her measure allowed
pro-abortion groups to get federal funds as long as they also
promote the use of contraception.

Bush put the Mexico City Policy in place on his first day in
office in 2001, restoring an administrative policy that
Presidents Reagan and Bush employed in the 1980s and President
Clinton revoked. The policy ensures that the U.S. Agency for
International Development (USAID) can't give financial assistance
to an overseas organization because that organization promotes
abortion as a method of family planning.

Pro-life organizations strongly support the Mexico City Policy
and are encouraging members of Congress to support the
Smith-Stupak amendment to remove the Lowey language from the

The National Right to Life Committee says the Lowey language
gutting the policy would allow even the most aggressively
pro-abortion groups to be eligible for U.S. assistance and that
any group that is performing abortions or actively promoting
abortion abroad should not be eligible for U.S. assistance.

The vote on the amendment could happen this week. The House is
currently scheduled to take up the bill before the end of June,
and it could occur as early as June 20 and will almost certainly
occur before the end of the month

ACTION: Call any member of the House at 202-224-3121 and urge
strong support for the Smith-Stupak amendment to stop
international abortion funding. Go to
http://www.House/gov to
find more specific contact information for your representative.

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