What: All Issues : Family Planning : Availability of Contraceptives : H.R. 1950. State Department Authorization/Vote to Deny U.S. Aid to an International Family Planning and Health Organization. (2003 house Roll Call 362)
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H.R. 1950. State Department Authorization/Vote to Deny U.S. Aid to an International Family Planning and Health Organization.
house Roll Call 362     Jul 15, 2003
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

During International Relations Committee deliberations on the State Department authorization bill, Representative Crowley (D-NY) successfully added a provision to the bill to authorize $50 million per year for the U.N. Population Fund (also known as UNFPA). UNFPA, an international family planning and health services organization, operates in over 150 countries. When the State Department authorization bill reached the House floor, Representative Smith (R-NJ) protested that UNFPA had played an active role in financing coerced abortions in China (which maintains a "one-child" policy) and offered an amendment to strip Crowley's provision from the bill. Progressives contested Smith's claim that the UNFPA played an active role in financing abortions in China and pointed to the so-called Hyde amendment-enacted in 1984 and named after its sponsor Henry Hyde (R-IL)-which forbids U.S. funding to any group which provides support, financial or otherwise, for conducting abortions overseas. Progressives also argued that the funding cut contained in the Smith amendment would restrict UNFPA's ability to provide health care in impoverished countries; a goal which Progressives supported. Progressives voted against the Smith amendment but, on a narrow 216-211 vote, the Smith amendment passed and the Crowley language was dropped from the State Department authorization bill.

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