Banning funding of organizations that support coercive abortion programs

Senate Roll Call No. 318
110th Congress, 1st Session

Agreed to: 48-45 (see complete tally)

The Kemp-Kasten Anti-Coercion law has been in effect since 1985.  It prohibits U.S. "population assistance" funds from going to any organization that “supports or participates in the management of a program of coercive abortion or involuntary sterilization.”  One effect of this law has been to bar U.S. funding of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), because of that agency’s support for and participation in the management of the population-control program of the People’s Republic of China – a program that relies heavily on government-coerced abortions.  However, in crafting the Fiscal Year 2008 State-Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill (H.R. 2764), the Senate Appropriations Committee removed the traditional Kemp-Kasten language and replaced it with a far weaker provision.  When the bill reached the Senate floor on September 6, 2007, pro-life Senator Sam Brownback (R-Ks.) offered an NRLC-backed amendment (Amendment No. 2707) to restore the traditional Kemp-Kasten anti-coercion language.  The Brownback Amendment passed, 48 to 45 (roll call no. 318).

Vote Map: Senate Roll Call No. 318
Votes For : 48
Votes Against : 45
Not Voting : 7

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