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Senate roll call vote: Taxpayer funding of overseas abortions reinstated

By Michelle Malkin  •  January 28, 2009 01:41 PM

Here’s the Senate roll call vote on the so-called Mexico City Policy. Congrats! Your tax dollars will fund overseas abortions once more.

U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 111th Congress – 1st Session

as compiled through Senate LIS by the Senate Bill Clerk under the direction of the Secretary of the Senate

Vote Summary

Question: On the Amendment (Martinez Amdt. No. 65 )
Vote Number: 19 Vote Date: January 28, 2009, 12:13 PM
Required For Majority: 1/2 Vote Result: Amendment Rejected
Amendment Number: S.Amdt. 65 to H.R. 2 (Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009)
Statement of Purpose: To restore the prohibition on funding of nongovernmental organizations that promote abortion as a method of birth control (the “Mexico City Policy”).
Vote Counts: YEAs 37
NAYs 60
Not Voting 2

Florida’s junior senator, Republican Mel Martinez, called on his Senate colleagues today to reinstate a policy that prohibits U.S. tax dollars from going to international organizations responsible for performing and promoting abortions.

During the debate on reauthorizing the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), Martinez offered an amendment to reinstate the policy. The amendment was defeated by a vote of 37 to 60.

“The core of this argument is whether U.S. taxpayers ought to be forced to fund efforts abroad that utilize abortion as a means of family planning,” said Martinez. “If we want to continue fostering a culture of life, where every life is considered sacred, every child is celebrated, and life at all stages is given the dignity it deserves, then we will reinstate this policy.”

The Mexico City Policy was first implemented in 1984 under President Ronald Reagan. President Obama rescinded the policy Friday.


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