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THE PRESIDENTIAL RECORD ON ABORTION.

The Bush/Quayle Administration

Roe v. Wade Abortion Decision

President Bush urged the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion on demand.

Federal Abortion-on-Demand Law

President Bush said he would veto the so-called "Freedom of Choice Act" -- a bill that would have prohibited virtually any state restriction on abortion, at any point in pregnancy, even if Roe v. Wade were overturned.

Taxpayer Funding of Abortion

President Bush vowed, "I will veto any legislation that weakens current law or existing regulations" restricting abortion -- and he did so, successfully vetoing l0 bills that contained pro-abortion provisions. He vetoed a Health and Human Services appropriations bill because it weakened the Hyde Amendment which restricts funding of abortion.

Military Abortions

President Bush did not allow abortions at U.S. military facilities anywhere in the world (except to save the mother's life), and vetoed a bill that would have required military facilities to provide abortions.

Abortion Counseling and Referral

President Bush's regulations prohibited 4,000 federally funded family planning clinics from counseling and referring for abortions. The Bush Administration successfully defended these pro-life regulations before the Supreme Court.

Use of Tissue from Aborted Babies

The Bush/Quayle Administration refused to fund experimentation or transplants using tissue from aborted babies. Bush vetoed a massive spending bill' to prevent that policy from being overturned by Congress.

Chemical Abortions

The Bush/Quayle Administration prohibited importation of the French abortion pill, RU 486.

The United Nations Population Fund and Abortion

President Bush vetoed a foreign aid bill authorizing U.S. funding of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), citing that agency's participation in the management of China's forced abortion program.

Promotion of Abortion Overseas

Bush, through presidential orders, enforced the pro-life "Mexico City Policy," prohibiting U.S.-funded organizations from performing abortions or trying to repeal the pro-life laws of developing countries. The pro-abortion International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) refused to comply with the policy and lost all U.S. funding.

The Clinton/Gore Administration

Roe v. Wade Abortion Decision

President Clinton urged the Supreme Court to uphold Roe v. Wade.

Federal Abortion-on-Demand Law

The Clinton/Gore Administration endorsed the so-called "Freedom of Choice Act." (But Congress refused to pass it.)

Taxpayer Funding of Abortion

The Clinton/Gore Administration urged Congress to repeal the pro-life Hyde Amendment. Clinton also urged Congress to make abortion on demand part of a mandatory national health insurance "benefits package," which would have forced all taxpayers to pay for virtually all abortions. (Congress did not approve these proposals.)

Military Abortions

President Clinton ordered U.S. military facilities to provide abortions. (Congress later overturned the Clinton policy.)

Abortion Counseling and Referral

The Clinton/Gore Administration rescinded the pro-life Bush regulations, instead ordering federally funded family planning clinics to counsel and refer for abortion as a routine birth-control "option."

Use of Tissue from Aborted Babies

The Clinton/Gore Administration ordered federal funding of experiments using tissue from aborted babies, and took steps to begin funding experiments that require the killing of human embryos to obtain "stem cells," even though federal law prohibits this.

Chemical Abortions

The Clinton/Gore Administration lifted the Bush ban on importation of the chemical abortion pill RU 486, and ordered his appointees to facilitate the introduction of RU 486 into the U.S.

The United Nations Population Fund and Abortion

Clinton, ignoring U.S. law prohibiting funding any group that "supports or participates in the management of a program of coercive abortion," ordered a resumption of funding to the pro-abortion UNFPA.

Promotion of Abortion Overseas

Clinton canceled the pro-life "Mexico City Policy," and restored massive U.S. funding to the International Planned Parenthood Federation. Clinton declared abortion on demand to be a "fundamental right of all women," ordered U.S. ambassadors to lobby foreign governments in support of abortion, and vetoed a bill to end U.S. funding of organizations that work to repeal pro-life laws in other countries.

George Santayana
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