Prochoice Bills Progress

Despite recent court setbacks, congressional advocates of abortion have been pushing their legislative agenda on a fast track in the House and the Senate. Days after the Supreme Court upheld the Reagan/Bush “Mexico City Policy,” which denies funds to family-planning organizations that promote legal abortion activities in the Third World, the House of Representatives voted to overturn it legislatively. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has approved a similar bill.

Last month, the House voted to preserve $20 million for the United Nations Population Fund, a group whose U.S. funding was restricted in the past due to charges that it supported China’s population-control policies, which have promoted abortion.

The House also voted overwhelmingly last month to approve a bill that would lift the administration’s ban on counseling and referring for abortions at federally funded family-planning clinics. The Supreme Court upheld the ban in May (CT, June 24, 1991, p. 52). The Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee also approved a similar bill. The measure is expected to come to a full vote in Senate by the end of this month.

The House Energy and Commerce committee voted to lift the Bush administration’s ban on the use of federal money to pay for scientific research using fetal tissue obtained by induced abortions. And prochoice groups are lobbying heavily for passage of the “Freedom of Choice Act,” which would prohibit states from restricting abortion on demand. Bush has promised vetoes of all prochoice legislation.

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