Pro-Abortion Group Fundraising to Overturn Policy on Tax-Funded Abortions

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 16, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Abortion Group Fundraising to Overturn Policy on Tax-Funded Abortions

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
October 16,

Washington, DC ( — Leading pro-abortion group NARAL sent out a fundraising plea to its members on Monday asking for money to make other Americans spend their money on paying for abortions. NARAL is helping lead an effort to overturn a Bush administration policy protecting taxpayers from financing abortions in other nations.

The letter concerns the Mexico City Policy, which the president brought back on his first day in office in January 2001. It prevents the federal government from forcing taxpayers to fun groups that perform or promote abortions overseas.

"In a matter of weeks — possibly days — Congress will decide whether to put an end to George W. Bush’s" abortion policy, NARAL president Nancy Keenan tells her supporters.

"My staff and I are working day and night to ensure that Congress abolishes this dangerous rule," Keenan adds.

The Senate and House have both voted to overturn the Mexico City Policy but President Bush has vowed to veto any legislation that makes taxpayers finance abortions.

Once the House and Senate hold a conference committee on the foreign appropriations bill, both Houses will vote on the final version of the bill Congress will send to the president.

There is no timetable yet on when these votes will occur or when President Bush will veto the bill and send it back to Congress for a potential override vote. But when those votes occur, Douglas Johnson of National Right to Life promises his group will urge lawmakers to uphold the veto.

"President Bush has vowed that he will veto any bill that would weaken a current pro-life policy," Johnson told "National Right to Life is working to ensure that any such veto, if required, will be sustained."

With every donation, NARAL plans to send members of Congress a compass to show how they have supposedly lost their moral compass by refusing to fund international abortions.

"Our goal is to flood key lawmakers with hundreds of moral compasses to make this critical point: It is morally wrong to deny the world’s poorest women [abortions,]" Keenan says.

"You can point these lawmakers back in the right direction today by donating," she adds.

Keenan claims the policy has "forced family planning groups to cut staff, close health centers, raise fees, and stop supplying birth control to some of the world’s poorest women" yet any group that wants to promote family planning only has to stop doing or promoting abortions to qualify for federal funds.