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SEC. 131. - 133 of Bill H.R 1646 Fiscal Years 2002 and 2003
Foreign Relations Authorization Act

This Bill included $34 mil. funding for UNFPA UN Family Planning,  and passed only after re-instating the Gag Rule. But then Bush reneged on the $34 mil. funding.

The argument against the Gag Rule goes as follows: (`Global Democracy Promotion Act of 2001'). Freedom of speech is a fundamental American value and is protected under the Constitution. The promotion of democracy is a principal goal of United States foreign policy and critical to achieving sustainable development. Limiting eligibility for United States development and humanitarian assistance upon the willingness of a foreign nongovernmental organization to forgo its right to use its own funds to address abortion would violate the Constitution if applied to United States-based organizations.
Yet despite this argument Republicans insisted on retaining the Gag Rule, so in order to get the Bill passed (and fund UNFPA $34 mil.) the Democrats dropped the repeal of the Gag Rule from the Bill. And still Bush did not implement it .

House Reps. voting FOR the Gag Rule

The arguments For and Against (Paraphrased):
For: We strongly oppose sections 131-33, the `Global Democracy Promotion Act'.  We do not think abortion related activities should be carried out even with `their own' money. We wish to erect a wall of separation between family planning and abortion. We donít believe foreign organizations have the right to free speech. We believe that family planning overseas will reduce the number of abortions by providing contraception instead. It makes no sense to hire abortionists to run programs that are aimed at reducing abortion. We donít believe we should fund abortion advocates, even although they are not abortionists themselves, to distribute contraceptives. We believe that Int. Family Planning organizations are in the business of family planning and not abortion. We think family planning is something entirely distinct from abortion. We intend to offer an amendment during floor consideration of this bill that will enforce the Gag Rule.

Against: We strongly agree with sections 131-33, the `Global Democracy Promotion Act.    It overturns the President's January Executive Memorandum reimposing the global gag rule. This memorandum strips foreign Non-Gov. Operations that implement the U.S. population program overseas of their autonomy and their rights to free speech. The President's memorandum prohibits foreign Non-Gov Operations from using their own non-U.S. monies to offer abortion services in countries where abortion is legal, to counsel women regarding all of their legal options and provide referrals for those services, or to advocate in their own countries for more humane abortion laws. If a similar prohibition were applied to U.S. citizens, it would be unconstitutional.
U.S. Does Not Fund abortion. Let us be clear: U.S. tax payers' dollars do not pay for abortion. We find it disturbing that the proponents of the Gag Rule continue to misstate this fact: The United States does not fund abortion overseas nor abortion advocacy

For a woman in some developing countries, pregnancy can be a death sentence. The reality is that in the developing world, 600,000 women a year die due to pregnancy. Sixty percent of those pregnancies are unintended. Many of these deaths are due to backstreet abortion.

REF:http://thomas.loc.gov and enter "H.R. 1646" in Bill Nbr

The Representatives voting to reinstate the Gag Rule follow:

FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 115
Republicans in roman;Democrats in italic; Independents underlined),
      H R 1646     RECORDED VOTE     16-MAY-2001   12:40 PM
      AUTHOR(S): Hyde of Illinois Amendment
      QUESTION: On Agreeing to the Amendment (to keep the Gag Rule)

 

AYES

NOES

PRES

NV

REPUBLICAN

185

33

 

2

DEMOCRATIC

32

176

 

2

INDEPENDENT

1

1

 

 

TOTALS

218

210

 

4

--- AYES    218 ---


Aderholt

Hall (TX)

Peterson (PA)

Akin

Hansen

Petri

Armey

Hart

Phelps

Bachus

Hastert

Pickering

Baker

Hastings (WA)

Pitts

Ballenger

Hayes

Platts

Barcia

Hayworth

Pombo

Barr

Hefley

Portman

Bartlett

Herger

Putnam

Barton

Hilleary

Quinn

Bereuter

Hobson

Radanovich

Berry

Hoekstra

Rahall

Bilirakis

Holden

Regula

Blunt

Hostettler

Rehberg

Boehner

Hulshof

Reynolds

Bonilla

Hunter

Riley

Bono

Hutchinson

Roemer

Borski

Hyde

Rogers (KY)

Brady (TX)

Issa

Rogers (MI)

Brown (SC)

Istook

Rohrabacher

Bryant

Jenkins

Royce

Burr

John

Ryan (WI)

Burton

Johnson (IL)

Ryun (KS)

Buyer

Johnson, Sam

Saxton

Callahan

Jones (NC)

Scarborough

Calvert

Kanjorski

Schaffer

Camp

Keller

Schrock

Cannon

Kennedy (MN)

Sensenbrenner

Cantor

Kerns

Sessions

Chabot

Kildee

Shadegg

Chambliss

King (NY)

Shaw

Coble

Kingston

Sherwood

Collins

Knollenberg

Shimkus

Combest

Kucinich

Shows

Cooksey

LaFalce

Simpson

Costello

LaHood

Skeen

Cox

Langevin

Skelton

Crane

Largent

Smith (MI)

Crenshaw

Latham

Smith (NJ)

Cubin

LaTourette

Smith (TX)

Culberson

Lewis (CA)

Souder

Cunningham

Lewis (KY)

Spence

Davis, Jo Ann

Linder

Stearns

Deal

Lipinski

Stenholm

DeLay

LoBiondo

Stump

DeMint

Lucas (KY)

Stupak

Diaz-Balart

Lucas (OK)

Sununu

Doolittle

Manzullo

Tancredo

Doyle

Mascara

Tauzin

Dreier

McCrery

Taylor (MS)

Duncan

McHugh

Taylor (NC)

Ehlers

McInnis

Terry

Emerson

McIntyre

Thornberry

English

McKeon

Thune

Everett

Mica

Tiahrt

Ferguson

Miller, Gary

Tiberi

Flake

Mollohan

Toomey

Fletcher

Moran (KS)

Traficant

Fossella

Murtha

Vitter

Gallegly

Myrick

Walsh

Ganske

Nethercutt

Wamp

Gekas

Ney

Watkins

Gibbons

Northup

Watts (OK)

Gillmor

Norwood

Weldon (FL)

Goode

Nussle

Weldon (PA)

Goodlatte

Oberstar

Weller

Goss

Ortiz

Whitfield

Graham

Osborne

Wicker

Graves

Otter

Wilson

Green (WI)

Oxley

Wolf

Grucci

Paul

Young (AK)

Gutknecht

Pence

Young (FL)

Hall (OH)

Peterson (MN)

 

See also the Saving Women's Lives Act of 2002