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June 15, 2007

The State, Foreign Operations and Related Agencies Appropriations bill passed out of the House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday, June 12. It includes language introduced by Committee Chair Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY) that would gut the Mexico City Policy originally implemented by President Reagan, rescinded by President Clinton, and reinstated by President Bush.

The policy requires that foreign nongovernmental organizations agree as a condition of receipt of Federal funds for family planning activities that the organization will not perform, or actively promote, abortion as a method of family planning. Under the new Lowey language, foreign NGOs that actively promote or provide abortion would now be eligible for U.S. taxpayer funded family planning activities, to the tune of $441 million!

Please contact your Member of Congress to insist that the Mexico City Policy remain in place. Ask your representative to vote NO on the State, Foreign Operations and Related Agencies Appropriations bill unless the Lowey language is removed. The floor vote is expected to take place on or about June 20.

Points to make when contacting your Representative:

  • The Mexico City Policy ensures that U.S. bilateral family planning programs are not conduits for exporting abortion internationally. Without the Mexico City Policy U.S. taxpayer dollars spent for family planning contracts will line the pockets of foreign organizations that promote and provide abortion.
  • Without this policy, foreign abortion advocacy groups will use U.S. taxpayer funds to establish operations and provide family planning services with one hand while promoting abortion with the other hand, thereby sending the message that all of their activities bear the U.S. stamp of approval.
  • The policy is not anti-family planning, it is anti-abortion. A policy against promoting abortion is only “anti-family planning” if one assumes that abortion itself is a method of “family planning.”
  • The policy does not reduce family planning funding. The policy does not take one penny away from the $441 million the Committee has appropriated for global population assistance. On the contrary, the policy strengthens these programs by ensuring that they are not connected to abortion activities.


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has engineered another vote on legislation that would increase taxpayer funding of scientific experiments that require the killing of human embryos. Once again, the House passed the measure and, once again, President Bush has said he will veto it.

Upon passage of the bill, Pelosi said, “Science is a gift of God to all of us, and science has taken us to a place that is biblical in its power to cure . . . And that is embryonic stem cell research.”

The question arises: How is it that a woman smart enough to rise to the leadership of Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives would make such a profoundly ignorant statement? Speaker Pelosi was raised in the Catholic faith and taught that, from the moment of conception, each and every human being is a unique individual made in the image of God the Creator of all things. She was educated in fine schools where, at the very least, she was taught in high school biology that the union of sperm and egg produces a single-cell human being who, if allowed to develop and grow, will continue along life’s journey until natural death.

On the day after Nancy Pelosi became the first female Speaker of the House of Representatives, she returned to her childhood home in the Little Italy neighborhood of Baltimore, MD where she spoke to well-wishers from a stage set up in front of the row house where she lived while her father was mayor of the city. She told the crowd, “My parents did not raise me to be speaker of the House,” she said. “They raised me to be holy. They raised me to do the right thing. They raised me to recognize that we have a responsibility to people in need.” (The Baltimore Sun, 1/06/07)

What is “holy” about sanctioning the killing of the tiniest human beings so they can be experimented on by laboratory scientists? What is “right” about killing human embryos made in the image of God? Where is her “responsibility” to the most defenseless and vulnerable among us, the embryo, the fetus, the human child yet unborn?

A growing number of influential social conservatives are speaking out against Rudy Giuliani, with some threatening that they will take flight from the Republican Party in 2008 if the former New York mayor is the GOP nominee.

“Speaking as a private citizen, no, no, I could not support (Giuliani)”, said Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, which has about a half-million members. “The 20 years I’ve been involved in politics, the life issue has been at the very top. How could I turn my back on that?” Perkins said that should Giuliani win the nomination, he would vote for a third-party candidate who reflected his values. “It wouldn’t be the first time,” Perkins added.

Other prominent cultural conservatives to signal public opposition to Giuliani in recent weeks included James Dobson of Focus on the Family, Louis Sheldon of the Traditional Values Coalition, veteran activist and former presidential candidate Gary Bauer, and Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, was even more definitive in an interview last month. “I’m not going to vote for a pro-choice candidate, period,” said Land, whose organization reports to have 16 million members. (The Washington Post, 06/07/07)

We commend these leaders for their stand and we call upon all pro-life voters who are serious about protecting innocent human life to join them. Given the worst possible scenario – a race between Giuliani and Hillary Clinton, both of whom support the killing, there is no choice for pro-lifers if we want to keep the blood of the innocents off of our own hands.

Never forget that you were once an embryo!

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