18 Dec President Signs Omnibus Spending Bill Funding Abortion
As all eyes were watching the debate over federally funded abortion in the Senate health care bill, President Obama signed into law Thursday an omnibus spending bill that opens the door for taxpayer funded abortion in the nation’s capital.
Known as the FY 2010 Omnibus Appropriations bill, the new legislation repeals the Dornan Amendment, which banned both federal and local funding for elective abortions in D.C., except in the case of rape, incest or danger to the mother’s life. The repeal technically only lifts the ban on local D.C. funds from funding abortion, but as federal and local funds are combined in the district, the distinction is meaningless.
The new bill also increases federal funding for “family planning” programs—which almost always include abortion services—in the U.S. and internationally. It allocates another $10 million to the current $300 million already directed towards U.S. family planning programs, much of which is directed towards Planned Parenthood, the nation’s top abortion provider.
It also provides another $5 million for the United Nations Population Fund, an organization implicated in coercive “family planning” programs in several countries, and another $103 million for other international family planning programs that may provide abortions, as Pres. Obama repealed the Mexico City Policy earlier this year. The policy prohibited federal funding for any international family planning that provided abortions.
The bill also eliminates funding for abstinence-only sex-ed programs, while allocating another $114.5 million for comprehensive sex-ed.