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House Upholds Bush Abortion Policy

Wednesday, 16 May 2001 12:00 AM

Abortion opponents hailed the vote to uphold Bush's policy, signed just days after entering office.

"Taxpayer dollars should not be used to export abortion," said House International Relations Committee Chairman Henry Hyde, R-Ill., the author of the amendment.

Pro-abortion forces were angry. "The Hyde amendment will put the health of millions of women and children at risk," claimed Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif. Lee led the successful effort to reverse the Bush policy at a committee meeting May 2.

Bush's opponents pointed out that "family planning" groups have long been prohibited from using federal taxpayer money to perform abortions, but the Bush policy, advocated by former Presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush, would cut off funds to groups that say they use their own money to counsel on abortion.

"Since 1973, U.S. policy has prohibited taxpayer funds from being used in any way shape or form to perform abortions," said House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt, D-Mo.

But opponents of abortion applauded the vote.

"The House wisely decided not to send tax dollars to groups that campaign to legalize abortion as a birth control method in Latin America and Africa," said National Right to Life Committee Legislative Director Douglas Johnson.

Earlier this month, the committee dealt Bush an embarrassing blow by voting 26-22 to reverse Bush's abortion policy in an amendment to a bill authorizing State Department activities. On Wednesday, 33 Democrats and one independent joined 185 Republicans in voting for the amendments while 33 Republicans, 176 Democrats and one independent voted against it.

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