U.S. Senate Overturns Mexico City Policy, Allows Abortion Funding

Action Alert

Close Call on Coercive Abortions Vote
Thank President for Veto Promise

WASHINGTON, DC, September 7, 2007-- Yesterday the US Senate passed HR 2764, the State/Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill, which overturns the Mexico City Policy: a long-standing prohibition of funding for overseas nongovernemental organizations that perform or promote abortion.

Cardinal Rigali's letter to the Senators: keep Mexico City Policy and Kemp-Kasten Amendment

The Mexico City Policy

Outrageous Attempt to Open Door for Funding Organizations Supporting Coercive Abortions

The bill that was presented on the Senate floor, was stripped of language, known as the Kemp-Kasten amendment, that prohibited taxpayer funding of organizations with programs that support coerced abortions and involuntary sterilizations overseas. In a significant victory, an amendment by Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS), was narrowly adopted on a 48-45 vote restoring the provision. See how your Senators voted.

Because of the Kemp-Kasten language in the current law, the National Committee for the Human Life Amendment reported that under Presidents Reagan, George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush, this provision was invoked to deny U.S. funding to the United Nations Population Fund (known as the UNFPA) because of its support of China's coercive population control program.

The amendment to repeal the Mexico City Policy, introduced by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), passed on a 53-41 vote. See how your Senators voted.

President to Veto Bill

The White House issued a Statement of Administration Policy reconfirming that the President plans to veto HR 2764 because of the pro-abortion changes in the law.

The September 6 White House statement said, "While the Administration appreciates that H.R. 2764 does not exceed the President's request in total for the programs funded by the bill, it is below the President's request level, making it difficult to implement important policy objectives.  In addition, the Administration strongly opposes this legislation because it includes provisions that are inconsistent with the Administration's international family planning policy. Consistent with the President's letter of May 3, 2007, if the President were presented a bill such as H.R. 2764 that weakens current Federal policies and laws on abortion, he would veto the bill."

Action

Call  or write the White House and thank the President for his commitment to veto HR 2764.

Phone number 202-456-1111

Mailing address:
The President of the United States
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500



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