Stop House Attempt to Promote Funding for Abortions Abroad


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Contact Congress to Stop Attempt to Fund Foreign Abortions
House Committee Hearing Part of Campaign to Overturn Mexico City Policy


WASHINGTON, DC, November 1, 2007-- There is an ongoing campaign in the Congress to overturn Mexico City Policy, the current U.S. policy which prohibits funding overseas organizations that perform or promote abortion as a method of family planning.
Facts and Myths about Mexico City Policy

The latest example was a hearing in the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee on October 31, designed to generate support for repealing Mexico City Policy. In his opening statement Congressman Tom Lantos, the Chairman of the Committee, expressed his conviction that Mexico City Policy should be changed as soon as possible, so that organizations such as Planned Parenthood might be able to receive money from the U.S. government.

The majority of the testimonies came from opponents of Mexico City Policy, including a former Executive Director of the Planned Parenthood of Ghana.

The supporters of Mexico City Policy, although outnumbered, made some powerful statements. Dr. Kagia, a gynaecologist from Kenya, ended her testimony by pointing out that "the promotion of and effort to legalize abortion in
Africa is a foreign agenda and a form of recolonization." Congresswoman Marilyn Musgrave responded to the claim that overturning Mexico City Policy will decrease the number of "unsafe" abortions by stating: "There is no such thing as safe abortion. Abortion is always deadly for the unborn children whose lives are taken in the womb. Abortion is devastating to mothers as well. "

Abortion is not an answer to the needs of poor and vulnerable women.

Our foreign aid should be about helping women provide for their children, not about creating opportunities for disposing of them.

ACTION:

Contact your U.S. Representative and Senators and ask them to support Mexico City Policy and vote against any bill that overturns it.
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