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July 18, 2008

Funding coercive abortion and involuntary sterilization?

This week, both the House and Senate subcommittees approved versions of this year's Foreign Operations Appropriations bill that contain language to undermine Kemp-Kasten, the annual pro-life rider that prohibits funds for "any organization or program which, as determined by the President of the United States, supports or participates in the management of a program of coercive abortion or involuntary sterilization."

Both bills next go to the full Appropriations committees which are already punting most substantive legislative activity until after the elections--when both the Congress and the President are at peak lame duck status. Such being the case, it's less likely to be considered by full committee, and more likely not to be considered separately at all, but rather as part of an omnibus bill.

In other words, from man's standpoint of what man has done, the majority has so far successfully attempted to place this provision just far enough out of reach for this year, and at the same time set a precedent for policies possibly coming in a new administration. However, from God's standpoint, "The king's heart is like channels of water in the hand of the LORD; He turns it wherever He wishes" (Proverbs 21:1).
  • Pray that the President and our nation will continue to uphold his promise to "veto any legislation that weakens current Federal policies and laws on abortion, or that encourages the destruction of human life at any stage" and that should any such veto be necessary, that it would stand.
Prayer is especially vital here in that less than one month ago, the President exercised the very authority in question here! From the Department of State:
The Department of State communicated to Congress on June 26 its finding that the Kemp-Kasten Amendment is applicable again to funding for the United Nations Population Fund for 2008. As required, this communication includes a comprehensive analysis as well as the complete evidence and criteria used to make this determination. This decision means that this organization will not receive the nearly $40 million earmarked for its activities by Congress for the current fiscal year.
This means our prayers can help prevent $40 million in taxpayer dollars from paying for China's "program of coercive abortion and involuntary sterilization"!

Our prayers are also needed too.  Just because the President can and will veto something with good reason does not mean it will stand.  Look no further than the veto which Congress overrode this week on the Medicare bill!

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