by Steven Ertelt
November 1, 2007
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The House Foreign Affairs Committee held a full hearing on the Mexico City Policy on Wednesday — the Bush administration policy that protects taxpayers from supporting groups that perform or promote abortions overseas. Congress has overturned the Bush guidelines and the president will likely veto a federal spending bill as a result.
President Reagan first instituted the Mexico City Policy during his administration and it has continued through the administrations of other Republican presidents. President Clinton rescinded the policy during his eight years in office.
The Senate voted in September to overturn Bush’s policy and voted 53-41 for an amendment by Senator Barbara Boxer, a pro-abortion California Democrat, that rescinds it.
The president has already promised to veto any bill presented to him that includes the amendment.
The hearing included both pro-abortion and pro-life speakers and participants tell LifeNews.com that the pro-life side was well represented both on the main panel and in the panel of members of Congress who spoke before the committee.
Marjorie Dannenfelser, the president of the Susan B. Anthony List, said "pro-life legislators defended [the policy] in full force. Testimony at the hearing reflected passion and dedication for the defense of life."
Dannenfelser said two women, Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida and Marilyn Musgrave of Colorado, both "showed their passion and commitment to women and children in developing nations."
"We must stand up for a culture that promotes life," Musgrave said. "As a pro-life woman in Congress, I want to do the very best for women and children around the world. I believe human rights begins in the womb, and I support the pro-life Mexico City Policy."
Prior to their remarks, Congressman Chris Smith offered the presentation of an ultrasound video that showed a 10-week old unborn baby dancing around in its mother’s womb.
Smith offered an articulate defense of the Bush administration policy and why it is needed to protect American taxpayers.
"Today, scores of countries throughout the world are literally under siege in a well-coordinated, exceedingly well-funded campaign to overturn the laws and policies of sovereign nations that protect women and children from the violence of abortion,’ he said.
"The humane way forward is to devise and implement policies that respect, protect, assist and defend BOTH women and their babies from all threats, including abortion,’ Smith concluded.