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Foreign Relations Authorization Act (Office for Global Women's Issues)

House Roll Call No. 328
111th Congress, 1st Session

Passed: 235-187 (see complete tally)
In testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on April 22, 2009, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made it clear that the Obama Administration will seek to promote abortion throughout the world.  "We are now an administration that will protect the rights of women, including their rights to reproductive health care," Secretary Clinton said.  She also said that the Obama Administration believes that "reproductive health includes access to abortion," and she told pro-life Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ), "You are entitled to advocate . . . anywhere in the world, and so are we."  In June 2009 the House of Representatives took up the Foreign Relations Authorization Act (H.R. 2410), a bill to authorize various State Department activities.  The bill contained a section to establish an Office for Global Women's Issues, headed by an ambassador-at-large who will report directly to Secretary Clinton.  Given the clear evidence that the Obama Administration State Department is determined to campaign for abortion, NRLC informed House members that NRLC opposed the bill, unless the House added an amendment proposed by Congressman Smith to prohibit the office from engaging in activities to change foreign abortion laws.  However, the House Rules Committee -- which is an arm of the leadership of the Democratic majority that controls the House -- refused to allow the House to vote on the Smith Amendment, so NRLC opposed passage of the bill.  The bill was approved over NRLC's objections, 235 to 187.  The bill was supported by 228 Democrats and 7 Republicans.  It was opposed by 18 Democrats and 169 Republicans.  Roll Call No. 328, June 10, 2009.

Vote Map: House Roll Call No. 328
Votes For : 235
Votes Against : 187
Not Voting : 11


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