TUESDAY
March 27, 2001
volume 12, no. 86

Bush Sidesteps Congressional Action on Abortion Ban


    WASHINGTON, DC, Mar. 26, 01 (CWNews.com) - President George W. Bush will circumvent plans by pro-abortion congressmen to overturn his freeze on US aid to international population control groups that advocate abortion, according to aides on Friday.

    White House spokesman Ari Fleischer told Associated Press that Bush will reinstate the Mexico City policy using a special memorandum rather than the rule change originally planned. Democrats in Congress had hoped to use a recent law to overturn the rule.

    "The president has determined the most effective way to have his Mexico City policy carried out is through the issuance of a presidential memorandum, as opposed to rule-making at a government agency," Fleischer said. "It gets the same thing done. The substance is exactly the same."

    The Clinton administration, in 1992, had reversed what had originally been a Reagan policy. As one of his first acts in office, Bush issued new rules to re-establish it. The planned memorandum will take the place of those rules, Fleischer said.


March 27, 2001
volume 12, no. 86
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