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House Foreign Affairs Committee Takes War on Women Global
This morning, the House Foreign Affairs Committee voted to legislatively reinstate the notorious Global Gag Rule.
The Gag Rule language was written into the body of the bill, and would bar U.S. funding from going to any overseas family planning organization that uses its own money to provide abortions or to offer counseling and referral for abortion, even in countries where it is legal.
The vote came after Ranking Member Howard Berman (D-CA) offered an amendment to strike the Gag Rule language from the bill. All Republican members, along with Democrat Ben Chandler (KY), voted against the Berman amendment. The final vote was 17-25.
We do not yet have any information about whether or when the bill will come to the House floor, but we will keep you updated on its progress.