Coercive abortion / United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

House Roll Call No. 266
109th Congress, 1st Session

Failed: 192-233 (see complete tally)

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA does not currently receive funding from the U.S. government, because the UNFPA's support for China's population control program -- which relies heavily upon coerced abortions -- violates a U.S. law known as the Kemp-Kasten Anti-Coercion Amendment.  During consideration of a bill (H.R. 2862) making appropriations for the Department of State and certain other federal agencies for Fiscal Year 2006, pro-abortion Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) offered an amendment to prohibit enforcement of "any provision of law that prohibits or restricts funding for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)."  If adopted, this amendment would have exempted the UNFPA from the Kemp-Kasten anti-coercion law, and from any other restrictions, such as the 1973 Helms Amendment that prohibits the use of U.S. foreign aid funds to pay for abortions.  NRLC opposed the Maloney Amendment, and it failed, 192 to 233.  Nineteen (19) Republicans, 172 Democrats, and one independent voted in favor of the amendment (pro-abortion).  The amendment was opposed by 209 Republicans and 24 Democrats.  Roll Call No. 266, June 16, 2005.

Vote Map: House Roll Call No. 266
Votes For : 192
Votes Against : 233
Not Voting : 8

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