U.S. House Appropriations Package Includes Measures To Eliminate Mexico City Policy, Provide Funding For UNFPA

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“…Starting Wednesday, the House will take up a nearly $1 trillion spending package written by Democrats… [T]he State-Foreign Operations title of the package would eliminate the Mexico City policy, which prevents federal [global health] funding from going to any [foreign] nongovernmental organization that uses any funding, including private money, to discuss, provide referrals, or perform abortions … Abortion-rights advocates refer to the Mexico City policy as the ‘global gag rule.’ … The House bill would also provide [$55.5 million] for the United Nations Population Fund, which supports reproductive health care programs in developing countries…” (Shutt et al., 6/10).