President's Reaction to Senate Committee Attempts
to Strike Mexico City Policy
The Bush administration put out a very strongly worded Statement of
administration Policy (SAP) on September 23, 2004 saying the President would
veto the Foreign Operations Appropriations bill if it contained a Senate
provision overturning the President’s pro-life Mexico City Policy. The letter
also states strong opposition to language that would prevent the President from
transferring funds from the United Nations Fund for Population Activities
(UNFPA) to a program to combat sex trafficking.
The Bush Administration message to the Senate Committee on Appropriations
reads, in part, ". . .
the Administration does not support Senate passage of the FY Foreign
Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Bill in its
current form because it includes a section that would overturn the
Administration’s family planning policy (commonly known as the ‘Mexico City’
policy). The President would veto the bill if it were presented to him with such
a provision." The message further states, "The Administration strongly opposes
the language in Section 560(b), which would redirect UNFPA funds now intended
for the President’s initiative to combat the trafficking of women and children;"
and, "The Administration strongly opposes language in the Child
Survival and Health account, which infringes upon the President’s ability to
enforce Administration policy regarding international family planning
President Bush is to be commended for his veto-threat in this matter.
Senators should be notified that Americans do not want their tax dollars funding
abortions in foreign countries. The Mexico City Polity must remain in force.