Wednesday, June 13, 2007

House Committee OKs Bill That Would Fund Abortions Overseas

House Committee OKs Bill That Would Fund Abortions Overseas

by Jennifer Mesko, associate editor

Social liberals work 'to strip away virtually every pro-life protection.'

The U.S. House Appropriations Committee passed a bill Tuesday that includes language aimed at ending the president's prohibition on tax dollars going to groups that fund or promote abortion overseas.

The full House is expected to vote June 20.

"This is why elections matter," said Ashley Horne, federal policy analyst for Focus on the Family Action. "Social liberals in Congress are doing what we knew they’d do if elected. They are working hard to strip away virtually every pro-life protection included in past spending bills."

The Mexico City policy, which bars U.S. funding from going to international groups that support abortion, was implemented by President Reagan, rescinded by President Clinton and reinstated by President Bush. The appropriations bill seeks to kill the policy.

In May, in identical letters to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Bush wrote, “I will veto any legislation that weakens current federal policies and laws on abortion, or that encourages the destruction of human life at any stage.”

Douglas Johnson of the National Right to Life Committee told CNS News that "the fur may fly" over the committee action, but "we expect the president's policy to remain intact."

"This is (Rep. Nita) Lowey's personal hobby horse," he stated, adding that she and her allies "hate the Mexico City policy and are going to take a shot at it, even though they've got a steep hill to climb."

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