Religious Leaders Call For Executive Order Making U.S. Funding Available For Abortions Among Women Raped In Overseas Conflicts
New York Times: Religious Leaders Urge U.S. to Fund Abortions for Rape Victims in Conflicts Abroad
“…A coalition of religious and human rights leaders on Thursday … [demanded] that [President] Obama support the financing of abortions for women raped during violent conflicts overseas by members of terrorist groups like the Islamic State and Boko Haram. … [T]he religious groups said Thursday that the Helms Amendment mentions only abortions used as a method of family planning and should not be viewed as restricting the use of federal funds to make abortions available in cases of rape or incest. They called on Mr. Obama to issue an executive order making government funds available for that purpose…” (Shear, 6/4).