MALONEY TO HYDE: HYDE AMENDMENT IS ANYTHING BUT NEUTRAL ON ABORTION

May 16, 2001
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, on the U.S. House of Representatives floor, during debate on the  Hyde/Smith amendment to the Foreign Relations Authorization Act to reimpose the "Mexico City" policy, Chairman Henry Hyde (R-IL) stated that his amendment was "neutral" on abortion.  Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) released the following statement in response:
 

"Let me correct Chairman Hyde.  Current Mexico City policy is not abortion-neutral.  Organizations receiving U.S. funds can use their own money to lobby against abortion, but cannot use their own money to lobby to make abortion legal.  The global gag rule puts the U.S. in the position of deciding what speech is acceptable, and what speech is unacceptable.

"The fact remains that since 1973, no U.S. federal funds have been or are used around the world for abortions. Let me be clear, the Global Gag Rule restricts foreign NGO's from using their own funds. In America, this language would be unconstitutional. That we would impose it on the world's poorest girls and women is unconscionable."