Tuesday, July 15, 2008

US funding for coercive abortions?

The Senate voted 70-24 (story, vote) to table Senator DeMint's amendments to narrow the scope of an international AIDS relief bill, including an effort to eliminate funding "for any organization or program which supports or participates in the management of a program of coercive abortion or involuntary sterilizations." (emp. added)

Now, DeMint's amendments did several other things that a person might reasonably disagree with, like reducing the total level of funding and narrowing the number of nations receiving aid, but one would think that even the Democrats would be opposed to coercive abortions and involuntary sterilizations, let alone FUNDING such atrocities. (I guess it's only "reproductive freedom" if you aren't reproducing.)

I don't want to draw a bold pro-life/pro-choice line here, as several very pro-life senators such as Hatch and Brownback voted to table the amendments. But I might humbly suggest that this is at best a very poor use of US taxpayer money.

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