MALONEY WELCOMES BUSH COMMITMENT TO FUND INTL. FAMILY PLANNING BUT CALLS ANTI-CHOICE RESTRICTIONS UNCONSCIONABLE! "IMPLEMENTATION OF DETAILS ARE CRITICAL"
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY) released the following statement tonight, in response to President Bush's actions regarding international family planning:
"I welcome President Bush's commitment to maintain the $425 million funding level for international family planning, but I strongly oppose the anti-choice restrictions imposed on international family planning organizations.
"President Bush stated today that he believes in international family planning and this is good news for women across the world, but he also restricted health care organizations from providing or even advising on the option of abortion, even in countries where choice is legal and even if the mother's life is in danger. This action would be unconstitutional in our own country and is unconscionable to impose on women and families around the world."
WHAT IS THE MEXICO CITY POLICY? In 1984, then President Reagan issued a directive at the Mexico City Conference on Population which would prohibit foreign NGOs from using their OWN funds for providing abortions services.
It is important to note that since 1973, under the Helms Amendment, the U.S. already prohibited U.S. funds from being used for the performance of abortions by foreign recipients of international family planning aid.