The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives voted Thursday night to pass government spending legislation that would reinstate federal funding to abortion organizations worldwide.
The new House passed two bills Thursday night — one is a continuing resolution to keep the government funded until at least Feb. 8 and the other to fund six federal agencies through the end of the fiscal year 2019.
In a 241–190 vote, the House passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2019.
As the government shutdown stems around President Donald Trump’s request for border security funding, the bill falls short of the $5 billion in border funding the president desired but does seek to provide millions in federal funding for businesses that either perform or promote abortions overseas.
The bill essentially repeals Trump’s expanded Mexico City Policy — also known as the Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance Policy — which he enacted as one of his first acts as president in January 2017.
Under the Trump policy, NGOs and charities that provide assistance to underserved populations overseas would have to agree that they will not “perform or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning” in order to receive funding from the State Department. Similar policies were put in place by every Republican president since Ronald Reagan.
Abortion industry giants like International Planned Parenthood and pro-choice activists have claimed that the regulation is a “gag-rule.” Meanwhile, pro-life supporters of the president have praised him for taking steps to fulfill a campaign promise to enact pro-life policies.
The State Department announced last year that the policy only impacted four groups out of over 733 organizations that had received funding, saying that “nearly all prime partners that have had the opportunity to accept the policy have done so.”
In addition, the House spending bill will also restore funding to the United Nations Population Fund, which has been accused by the Trump administration of being complicit in the China’s acts of “coercive abortion and involuntary sterilization.” The Trump administration moved in April 2017 to defund the UNPF.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith