Bishops' Aide Decries Vote on "Exporting Abortion"
WASHINGTON, D.C., JUNE 25, 2007 (Zenit.org).- The U.S. House of Representatives declined to preserve the Mexico City policy, a decision that a bishops' representative called undermining the international consensus on abortion.
The vote, held late last week, defeated a proposed amendment to the Foreign Operations Appropriations bill. Without the amendment, the bill rescinds the Mexico City policy, which bans federal funding for nongovernmental organizations that perform and promote abortion as part of so-called family planning.
Deirdre McQuade, director of planning and information at the U.S. bishops' pro-life secretariat, said: "If this bill were signed into law, the United States would undermine international -- and even domestic -- consensus that abortion is not family planning."
McQuade continued: "Exporting abortion overseas will not lower abortion rates, is resented by developing nations, and is not supported by the American people.
"Poor women in developing nations want food, clean water, housing, and affordable medicine for themselves and their families, not 'assistance' to abort their own children."
McQuade concluded: "I am grateful to President Bush for his pledge to veto legislation that weakens standing protections for innocent human life, including the Mexico City Policy," referring to the president's May 3 letter to House and Senate leaders.