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Bush Set Back on Abortion, 'Global Warming,' Taiwan

Wednesday, 02 May 2001 12:00 AM

Bush supporters, however, said the setbacks came only at the committee level and might be eliminated as the bill moves through Congress.

"The United States, as the world's leader in so many areas, including, unfortunately, worldwide greenhouse gas emissions, must make common cause with other industrialized nations to address this problem," said Rep. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., who drafted the amendment.

A committee source called the vote a "big setback" for Bush.

That 26-22 vote endorsed a reversal of an executive order signed by Bush that prohibits international "family planning" organizations receiving federal funds from counseling clients on abortion. Three Republicans joined Democrats to reverse Bush, by attaching an amendment written by Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif.

Abortion supporters celebrated the vote. "President Bush is out of step with the American people," Planned Parenthood President Gloria Feldt claimed.

Abortion opponents cheered Jan. 22 when Bush reversed former President Bill Clinton's policy, but angered pro-abortion activists. National Right to Life Committee Legislative Director Douglas Johnson said the vote was "not surprising at all."

"That committee has a particular pro-abortion majority," Johnson said. "In the full House, the vote will be the opposite way."

Abortion supporters still have a long way to go to reverse Bush. The full House must weigh in on the measure, and Republican leaders could try to strip it before it even reaches the floor. Insiders said a vote there, if it ever occurred, could be extremely close. Then, the fight would move on to the Senate.

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