Thursday, July 29, 2021

Pro-Life report on H.R. 4373, the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2022

Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 4373, the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs (SFOPS) Appropriations Act, 2022, by a vote of 217 - 212.

Removes the Helms Amendment—The bill removes language preventing foreign aid from directly paying for abortion as a method of family planning or to motivate or coerce anyone to practice abortion or involuntary sterilization.

Weakens the Kemp-Kasten Amendment—The bill weakens the provision authorizing the President to discontinue funding to organizations that support or participate in the management of a coercive population control/abortion program.

Weakens Pro-Life Peace Corps Provision—The bill removes language preventing Peace Corps money from being used to pay for abortion. Current law prohibits federal funding for abortion except in cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother.

New Pro-Abortion Text: The bill would prohibit any President from reinstituting the Mexico City Policy, reestablished and expanded by President Donald Trump as the Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance policy. This provision, rescinded by President Biden, required foreign nongovernmental organizations to agree, as a condition of their receipt of US grant money, not to promote or perform abortion.

Problematic Funding Levels:

International Family Planning Funding: $760 million. FY2021 level: not less than $575 million. This account provides funding to organizations that promote and perform abortion overseas.

Funding for United Nations Population Fund: $70 million. FY2021 level: $32.5 million. Over four decades, UNFPA has supported the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) coercive population control policy that utilizes forced abortion and involuntary sterilization.

Two pro-life amendments offered to HR 4373 were made in order:

Rep. Carol Miller (R-WV) Amendment on International Family Planning Funding
This amendment would reduce the level of funding for international family planning. This funding source is a revenue stream for both domestic and foreign organizations that provide and promote abortion overseas. U.S. foreign aid should care for the lives of both women and unborn children by providing essential obstetric care, nutritional aid and other truly humanitarian assistance to persons in need.

Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) Amendment Preventing Funding to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
This amendment would strike the $70 million directly appropriated to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in the bill. Over four decades, UNFPA has supported the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) coercive population control policy that utilizes forced abortion and involuntary sterilization. 

Both amendments were included in En Bloc #2, which was defeated 202-217.

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