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Funding of overseas pro-abortion organizations ("Mexico City Policy")

07/09/2003
Senate Roll Call No. 267
108th Congress, 1st Session

Rejected: 43-53 (see complete tally)
In 2001, President George W. Bush, by executive order, adopted a policy that U.S. funds for overseas "population assistance" programs could not go to private organizations that perform abortion or promote abortion (except to save the life of the mother, or in cases of rape and incest) -- for example, by working to repeal pro-life laws. This pro-life policy, originally adopted by President Reagan and the first President Bush, is known as the "Mexico City Policy." During consideration of the State Department Authorization bill (S. 925), pro-abortion Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Ca.) offered an amendment to nullify the Mexico City Policy. Pro-life Senator Dick Lugar (R-In.) moved to table (kill) the Boxer Amendment, a motion supported by NRLC. However, by a vote of 43-53, the Senate refused to table the Boxer Amendment, and the pro-abortion amendment was then adopted on a voice vote. The White House has threatened to veto the entire bill unless the Boxer Amendment is removed in a later House-Senate conference committee. Roll call no. 267, July 9, 2003.


Vote Map: Senate Roll Call No. 267
Votes For : 43
Votes Against : 53
Not Voting : 4

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