Pro-Life Policies At Major Risk
Lord, we ask that our governmental leaders would be God-fearing and recognize that they are accountable to Him for each decision and act.
WASHINGTON DC, October 22 (C-FAM) Democrats released the annual foreign operation funding bill on Monday night. The bill guts federal pro-life policies and opens new funding streams for global abortion groups and the problematic UN population control agency.
Abortion giant International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) was quick to praise Senate Democrats for the permanent legislative repeal of the Mexico City Policy that forbids American taxpayer money from funding or promoting abortions overseas. It is called the “Global Gag Rule” by abortion advocates. . . .
The Mexico City Policy is something of a political football, instituted early in Republican administrations and cancelled in Democratic presidencies. President Trump expanded the policy to all global health funding to combat abortion groups growing influence in U.S. international programs. President Biden repealed Trump’s version of the policy during his first week in office.
A legislative repeal of the Mexico City Policy, as the one proposed in the 2022 State and Foreign Operations Bill, would prevent future Republican presidents from instituting the policy without a Congressional mandate.
The Senate bill doubles the funding for the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) to $55M and removes reporting requirements for the agency’s programs in China. . . .
The UN agency has been under Congressional scrutiny for its complicity in the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) population control programs and was recently under fire because of coercive population control programs that target Uyghur women. . . .
The bill requires “direct” involvement of the agency in these programs to trigger the Kemp/Kasten rule, which requires the President to withhold funds from the agency in such cases. Until now, UNFPA’s partnership with the Chinese government’s family planning programs was deemed sufficient to trigger the rule.
Human rights advocates are concerned by this weakening of protections for women against population control. “According to credible reports, the CCP commits forced abortion, sterilization, and even infanticide as part of their genocidal campaign against the Uyghurs,” Reggie Littlejohn told the Friday Fax. The founder and president of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers called for an “unbiased investigation” into UNFPA’s activities in China. . . .
The Senate Foreign Operations Bill retains the Helms amendment. But the Biden administration may still try to reinterpret the law which prevents U.S. taxpayer funds from being used for overseas abortion. . . .
The Senate bill may also open the door to purchase manual vacuum aspirators and other equipment used to perform abortion currently prohibited under U.S. law by permitting contraceptive purchases through the HIV/AIDS Working Capital Fund. . . .
The fate of the appropriation bills will be determined in December when government funding expires though most will not advance due to the pro-life attacks.
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(Excerpt from Center for Family & Human Rights. Photo by Getty Images.)
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