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Coercive abortion / United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
On Agreeing to the Amendment
House Roll Call No. 362
108th Congress, 1st Session

Agreed to: 216-211 (see complete tally)
During consideration of the State Department authorization bill for Fiscal Year 2004 (H.R. 1950), the House considered whether to drastically weaken the "Kemp-Kasten Anti-Coercion Law," an 18-year-old law that prohibits U.S. funding of any organization that "supports or participates in the management of a program of coercive abortion or involuntary sterilization." Under this pro-life law, the Bush Administration has cut off funding to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) because of that agency's extensive involvement in China’s population control program, which relies heavily on coerced abortions. However, a provision in H.R. 1950, authored by pro-abortion Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-NY), would have allowed funding of the UNFPA or other agencies unless they "directly" promoted coercive abortion, which Crowley defined in part as playing a "primary and essential role" in promoting such practices. The Crowley provision would have also doubled the authorized level of U.S. funding for the UNFPA. The roll call occurred on an amendment offered by pro-life Reps. Chris Smith (R-NJ), James Oberstar (D-Mn.), and Henry Hyde (R-Il.), to remove the Crowley language and thereby retain the longstanding anti-coercion law. NRLC supported the Smith-Oberstar-Hyde Amendment, which passed, 216-211. Roll Call No. 362, July 15, 2003.

Vote Map: House Roll Call No. 362
Votes For : 216
Votes Against : 211
Not Voting : 8


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