DAILY CATHOLIC     FRI-SAT-SUN     June 26-28, 1998     vol. 9, no. 124

NEWS & VIEWS
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US HOUSE APPROVES BAN ON FUNDING FOR ABORTION PILLS WHILE HOUSE COMMITTEE UPHOLDS BAN ON FUNDING ABORTION FOR UN

          WASHINGTON, DC (CWNews.com) - The US House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to ban use of public money to develop, test, or approve drugs for inducing abortion, but the proposal faces a battle in the Senate.

          The House voted 223-202 to add an amendment to the $55.9 billion budget bill for agriculture and nutrition programs in fiscal 1998 that would prohibit the Food and Drug Administration from even considering drugs, such as the French abortion pill RU-486. "The federal government has no right to use taxpayer dollars to develop abortion drugs," said Rep. Tom Coburn, R-Oklahoma, the amendment's sponsor. The overall agriculture bill was passed by a vote of 373-48.

          Coburn said the Senate version of the legislation does not contain the provision. "We're going to see what we can do (in the Senate). It'll be a hard uphill battle," he said. Pro-abortion proponents labeled the amendment dangerous. "I'm sick and tired of debating abortion on this floor in the House of Representatives, restriction after restriction, ban after ban, amendment after amendment," said Rep. Nita Lowey, D-New York. "We need to make abortions less necessary, not more dangerous."

          In a related story, a subcommittee of the US House Appropriations Committee approved a spending bill for the Commerce and Justice departments that links paying of the US dues in arrears to the United Nations, to a ban on funding of international abortion groups.

          The subcommittee approved the entire $475 million requested by the Clinton administration, but said the funds must first be authorized in a related State Department funding bill. But that legislation includes a ban on funding of international population control groups that promote or practice abortion, even if they also receive funding from other sources. President Clinton has said he will veto any bill that includes the provision.

          The massive funding bills also include money for the 2000 census, more police officers, more border police, and cuts to the Legal Services Corp.


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June 26-28, 1998       volume 9, no. 124
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