U.S. House Passes Spending Bill Including Permanent Repeal Of Mexico City Policy, Increased International Family Planning Funding; Negotiations With Senate Ongoing

Refinery29: House Passes Spending Bill That Repeals The Global Gag Rule
“The U.S. House of Representatives voted Wednesday to pass a near $1 trillion spending package … Reproductive health advocates lauded H.R. 2740 as a victory for family planning and health care in general. The legislation permanently repeals the domestic gag rule [– new regulations for the federal Title X family planning program –] and global gag rule [– otherwise known as the Mexico City policy], which block local and international organizations that offer or even discuss abortion care from receiving federal funding; increases funding for the Title X program; offers at least $750 million for international family planning programs; and blocks a Trump administration rule allowing health providers to refuse care on a ‘freedom of conscience’ basis…” (González-Ramírez, 6/19).

Thomson Reuters Foundation: U.S. Democratic lawmakers vote to repeal global gag rule on abortion
“…The measures were contained in an extensive $983 billion fiscal year 2020 spending bill for the U.S. government’s State, Labor, Health and Human Services and other departments. Before any money is spent, however, Republicans who control the U.S. Senate are likely to craft a bill that does not embrace the House Democrats’ initiatives. Negotiations between the House and Senate are likely to extend for several weeks, if not months, and the White House is also likely to weigh in…” (Wulfhorst, 6/19).

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