House Votes To Restore Overseas Contraceptive Aid

( - To the dismay of pro-life groups, the House of Representatives on Thursday passed a bill 223-201 that would provide U.S.-donated contraceptives to overseas family planning groups, including those that offer abortions.

Under the so-called Mexico City Policy, introduced in 1984 by the Reagan administration, nongovernmental organizations could receive U.S. funds only if they agreed not to perform or promote abortion as a family-planning method in foreign countries.The 1984 policy was rescinded by the Clinton administration -- and reinstated by President George W. Bush in 2001. Read more...

Locally, Congressmen English and Altmire voted "no" on the Lowey Amendment rescinding the Mexico City Policy and both voted "yes" on the failed Smith Amendment to preserve the Mexico City Policy.

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