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DC Abortion Funding in Omnibus Bill

This appropriations bill guts a longstanding prohibition on using public funds to pay for abortions in the District of Columbia.  The bill also provides millions of dollars for international “family planning” that could be directed to organizations that pay for and promote abortions.  A majority of Americans do not support the use of their tax dollars to pay for abortions.” — Charmaine Yoest

The U.S. House will vote today on H.R. 3288, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2010.  While in Fiscal Years 1996-2009, Congress prohibited the use of all Congressionally appropriated funds for abortions in the District of Columbia (except in cases of rape, incest, and life of the mother), H.R. 3288 only prohibits the use of “federal” funds for abortions in D.C. (Division C, Section 814).  This modification allows funds which are Congressionally appropriated for the D.C. budget to be used for elective abortions.

Americans United for Life’s legislative arm AUL Action President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest stated, This appropriations bill guts a longstanding prohibition on using public funds to pay for abortions in the District of Columbia.  The bill also provides millions of dollars for international “family planning” that could be directed to organizations that pay for and promote abortions.  A majority of Americans do not support the use of their tax dollars to pay for abortions.”

The bill also appropriates $648.5 million for international family planning funding, an increase of $103 million from Fiscal Year 2009, without the constraints of the Mexico City Policy to prevent these dollars from being provided to organizations that promote and perform abortions (Division F, Section 7060).  Finally, the bill increases funding for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), which has an admittedly pro-abortion agenda, to $55 million, a $5 million increase from FY09 (Division F, Section 7078).