Smith-Stupak Amendment to protect pro-life "Mexico City Policy"

House Roll Call No. 534
110th Congress, 1st Session

Failed: 205-218 (see complete tally)

Under President Bush's pro-life "Mexico City Policy," private overseas organizations that "perform or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning" are not eligible to receive funds under the U.S. foreign aid program for "population assistance."  The Fiscal Year 2008 State-Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill (H.R. 2764) contained language, authored by pro-abortion Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY), designed to undermine the "Mexico City Policy" by requiring the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to provide such pro-abortion organizations with certain U.S.-funded contraceptive supplies.  Representatives Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Bart Stupak (D-Mi.) offered an amendment, which was strongly supported by NRLC, to remove the pro-abortion language from the bill, but the amendment failed, 205 to 218.  The Smith-Stupak Amendment was supported by 180 Republicans and 25 Democrats; it was opposed by 12 Republicans and 206 Democrats.  The bill was then passed and sent to the Senate.  Roll Call No. 534, June 21, 2007.

Vote Map: House Roll Call No. 534
Votes For : 205
Votes Against : 218
Not Voting : 14

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