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House Appropriators Seek 'Global Gag Rule' in Spending Bill

House Appropriators Seek 'Global Gag Rule' in Spending Bill

June 17, 2014 — The House Appropriations Committee on Monday unveiled a fiscal year 2015 State-Foreign Operations spending bill with language that would reinstate an antiabortion-rights provision known as the Mexico City policy, CQ Roll Call reports (Broder, CQ Roll Call, 6/16).

The policy, also known as the "global gag rule," blocks U.S. foreign aid to organizations that use their own money to offer abortion services or provide information about or referrals for abortion services. President Obama repealed the policy shortly after taking office in 2009 (Women's Health Policy Report, 4/7).

The House Appropriations State-Foreign Operations Subcommittee is scheduled to mark up the bill on Tuesday. According to CQ Roll Call, the global gag rule language is usually stripped in conference under Democratic administrations (CQ Roll Call, 6/16).