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Mexico City Policy / UNFPA
Campbell Amendment
06/05/1997
House Roll Call No. 167
105th Congress, 1st Session

Failed: 200-218 (see complete tally)
During action on the State Department authorization bill (H.R. 1757), the House considered an NRLC-backed amendment offered by pro-life Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) to restore the Mexico City Policy -- that is, to ban funding of organizations that perform abortion (except to save the life of the
mother, or in cases of rape or incest) or that lobby to legalize abortion in
foreign nations. The Smith Amendment also required a cutoff of U.S. funds to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) unless that agency ceased all activities in the People's Republic of China, which relies heavily on forced abortion in its population-control program. Pro-abortion Rep. Tom Campbell (R-Ca.) offered a "killer substitute" to allow continued U.S. funding of groups that perform abortions or lobby in support of legalizing abortion in foreign nations, as long as they did not use U.S. funds directly for those purposes -- merely a restatement of the status
quo. The Campbell Amendment also allowed the UNFPA to remain active in China and continue to receive U.S. funds, although at a funding level below what the agency would receive if it avoided involvement in China.
The House rejected the pro-abortion Campbell
substitute, 218-200, House roll call no. 167, June 5, 1997. (On the next roll call, the House adopted the pro-life Smith Amendment. Note: A number of House members first voted in favor of the Campbell Amendment -- which if adopted would have killed the Smith Amendment -- but then, after the Campbell Amendment was rejected, voted in favor of the Smith Amendment too. These vote-switchers cannot be regarded as genuine supporters of the pro-life
policy.)


Vote Map: House Roll Call No. 167
Votes For : 200
Votes Against : 218
Not Voting : 16

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