ABSTRACT

Abortion and Family Planning-Related Provisions in U.S. Foreign Assistance Law and Policy [July 15, 2015]   [open pdf - 290KB]

"This report details legislation and policies that restrict or place requirements on U.S. funding of abortion or family planning activities abroad. The level and extent of federal funding for these activities is an ongoing and controversial issue in U.S. foreign assistance and will likely continue to be a point of contention during the second session of the 114th Congress. These issues have been debated for over four decades in the context of a broader domestic abortion controversy that began with the Supreme Court's 1973 ruling in 'Roe v. Wade', which holds that the Constitution protects a woman's decision to terminate her pregnancy. Since 'Roe', Congress has enacted foreign assistance legislation placing restrictions or requirements on the federal funding of abortions and on family planning activities abroad. Many of these provisions, often referred to by the name of the lawmakers that introduced them, have been included in foreign aid authorizations, appropriations, or both, and affect different types of foreign assistance."

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CRS Report for Congress, R41360
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2015-07-15
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Public Domain
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