President Ronald Reagan enacted the Mexico City Policy in 1984, which prohibits taxpayer funding to international abortion groups that promote or commit abortion.
And pro-aborts don't like that. They're whining it's unfair for the international abortion industry not to know if US taxpayers will be aiding and abetting preborn baby killing....
Of course the solution is to permanently ensconce the Mexico City Policy into law, so pro-aborts can rest assured they'll have extend their bloody mitts elsewhere for handouts, perhaps to the Taliban or Al-Queda, more their kind of thugs.
But no, that ain't gonna happen. With their people in power, the abortion industry is planning the opposite, to enshrine taxpayer funding of international abortion groups into law.
A DC friend forwarded the following CQ article, not available online without subscription:
Anti-abortion groups are warning that a Democratic attempt to permanently repeal a prohibition on U.S. aid to overseas organizations that promote or perform abortions could imperil the fiscal 2010 State Department funding bill or a potential omnibus spending package.
The provision would overturn the "Mexico City" policy that dates to 1984, a perennial source of rancor between abortion foes and groups concerned about overpopulation. President Obama issued a memorandum repealing the policy during his first week in office....
A permanent repeal became part of the Senate fiscal 2010 State-Foreign Operations spending bill (S 1434) when Frank R. Lautenberg, D-N.J., offered an amendment that the Appropriations Committee adopted with little fanfare in early July.
Lautenberg said he offered the amendment to end the uncertainty that foreign aid recipients face whenever control of the White House shifts between parties. The restriction was originally put in place by the administration of Ronald Reagan, lifted by President Bill Clinton days after taking office, then reinstated by President George W. Bush shortly after his inauguration.
"Health care providers across the globe should be able to care for the health of women and families without ideological obstacles blocking the way," Lautenberg said.
Family planning advocates have long said the rule restricts health care and social service groups operating in the developing world.
But groups that oppose abortion rights say it's inappropriate to include such a measure in a spending bill, in part because it would constrain the president's authority to determine conditions on foreign aid.
Douglas Johnson, legislative director for the National Right to Life Committee, said that if the Lautenberg amendment is included, his organization will use the vote on the underlying spending bill to evaluate a lawmaker's anti-abortion credentials.
"If the leadership want to use this as a vehicle to make a permanent change in the president's authority and foreign policy, there are senators that are going to have a lot of other ideas . . . and maybe Sen. Reid should plan on spending a couple of weeks on this," Johnson said, referring to Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. "Lautenberg has opened that door."
House Takes Different Tack
By adopting the Lautenberg amendment and wading into the abortion debate, the Senate is taking a different tack from the House. In fact, the House version of the bill (HR 3081) states that nothing in the legislation would make any change to restrictions in funding abortions overseas.
Johnson said that even though the House bill increased funding for family planning programs that are no longer constrained by the Mexico City policy's prohibitions, his organization decided not to oppose the bill because it left the opportunity for a future president to re-impose the policy.
That conciliatory approach may have smoothed the way for the House bill's passage by a vote of 318-106 in July.
Abortion-rights advocates say that the inclusion of abortion language in the House bill would have been much riskier than it was in the Senate, where there are proportionately more lawmakers in favor of overturning the policy.
But the abortion-rights advocates also say that a permanent repeal of the Mexico City policy would be worth any attendant controversy that accompanies the proposal.
"The flip-flopping of our international reproductive health politics creates uncertainty and confusion for the partners of the U.S. government, and it leaves the global health needs of women up to shifts in political whims," said Laura MacCleery, governmental relations director for the Center for Reproductive Rights.
Source: CQ Today Print Edition
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As we know, this was one of the first things Obama did as President.Posted by: Joanne at October 19, 2009 5:46 PM
Off topic, but thought this would be of interest to the readers here.
Came across this article at Life News about an abortionist who has continued to do abortions while she is pregnant.
This woman needs our prayers. This truly shows the evils of abortion.Posted by: Joanne at October 19, 2009 5:50 PM
"Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end."
yor bro kenPosted by: kbhvac at October 19, 2009 6:50 PM
Well, abortion is important.
Let's face it, with genocides, totalitarianism, unstable governments, Gaza conflicts, two wars in the Middle East, drug wars, destruction of the rainforests, world hunger, wildfires consuming poor California, Tibetan oppression, violence against women...
See, peeps, abortion comes before all of the less important stuff in life, like those people in Darfur (that's in South America, right?). And I suggest that you all recognize...
Abortion is pretty important, like I said. And the Mexico City Policy was just a major disaster (how are things coming along, Gaza?). It will not only end the genocides in the Congo and Darfur, but it will also make the rainforests grow back, and then it will make the Taliban and the people wander out to the streets hugging each other (right, pro-choicers?), and then it will spread beautiful rainbows all over the world as we fly up into the sky on a velvet red carpet and sing songs in happy ever after harmony...
It will totally happen if we push for more abortion, right Lautenberg?
I'll expect you to deliver that.Posted by: Vannah at October 19, 2009 7:03 PM
AMEN! Abortion is the bridge to the global Utopia that is being built by the UN. All the other problems in the world will never be solved unless every woman on earth can have access to free abortion. Who says you can't get something for nothing?Posted by: MEL at October 19, 2009 7:53 PM
I fully believe there is a global agenda that centers on a woman's right to murder her own baby - tragic!Posted by: Abortion Support at October 19, 2009 9:31 PM
OH yeah,That's greatPosted by: http://www.besttoworld.com at October 20, 2009 4:15 AM