House Approves Measure Preventing Women In Developing World From Receiving Information About Abortion With Voice Vote

Yesterday, the State-Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee gave voice-vote approval to a draft bill that restricts U.S. spending on diplomacy and foreign aid. The measure would restore and expand the so-called global gag rule, a provision prohibiting foreign organizations receiving U.S. development assistance from using their own funds to perform abortions or provide women with information and referrals for the procedure. The rule, which unlike past variations, does not even make exceptions for HIV/AIDS programs.