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Friday, July 24, 2020

Life issues in Fiscal Year 2021 Omnibus Approprations

This afternoon the House of Representatives passed H.R. 7608, which contains FY 2021 Appropriations for State, Foreign Operations; Agriculture; Interior; and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, by a vote of 244 to 189.

The bill contains several provisions that attack longstanding pro-life policy or seek to undermine pro-life executive actions.

FY 2021 State, Foreign Operations Appropriations Text

weakens the Kemp-Kasten Amendment. The longstanding Kemp-Kasten Amendment restricts funds from organizations that the President determines support or participate in a coercive abortion program. President Trump has used the amendment to redirect funding away from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) due to the organization’s support of and participation in the management of China’s restrictive birth limitation policy.

undermines the Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance Policy (PLGHA). Implemented by President Trump in January 2017, PLGHA requires foreign nongovernmental organizations to agree, as a condition of their receipt of US grant money, not to promote or perform abortion. The bill prohibits funding from being used to implement PLGHA and permanently prevents it from being reinstated.

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