House committee votes to reinstate 'global gag rule' on abortion

Published on July 25, 2011 at 2:55 AM · No Comments

The House Foreign Affairs Committee on Thursday voted to "reinstate a ban on providing foreign aid to groups that perform abortions or provide advice about the procedure," The Hill's "HealthWatch" blog reports on the "so-called 'global gag rule'" (Baker, 7/21).

The committee voted down an amendment to the draft FY12 Foreign Relations Authorization Act (HR 2583) presented by Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.), the committee's ranking Democrat, that would have stripped the language reinstating and expanding the "ban on funding international non-governmental organizations that discuss abortion known as the Mexico City Policy," according to Foreign Policy's "The Cable" blog. The language would expand the ban as "it would ban all funding for organizations that discuss abortion and not make exceptions for certain programs such as HIV/AIDS funding," the blog writes (Rogin, 7/21).

The committee also "blocked an amendment ... that would have banned any assistance to Pakistan in the wake of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden near the country's main military academy," Agence France-Presse reports (Tandon, 7/21).

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