Introduced today in the House by Representative Nita Lowey and earlier this year by Senator Barbara Boxer in the Senate, the Global Democracy Promotion Act would prohibit restrictions on US. assistance to foreign organizations that would be unconstitutional if applied to organizations in our own country.
Statement of Latanya Mapp Frett, Vice President Global, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, on the introduction of the Global Democracy Promotion Act:
“Planned Parenthood commends Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY) and her 114 cosponsors for introducing the Global Democracy Promotion Act. U.S. foreign aid should never be used as a tool to limit women’s access to health care or to impose unfair restrictions on the decision-making ability of independent organizations overseas.
“This bill shows strong U.S. leadership in support of women’s health, especially in response to the harmful international affairs budget proposed by House leadership. Their bill would not only impose the global gag rule, but also drastically cut funding for international family planning, including U.S. support for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).”
July 26, 2011
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July 26, 2011