The House debated yesterday whether to weaken the Mexico City Policy, which forbids U.S. assistance to foreign organizations that practice or promote abortion as a means of family planning. I spoke against this particular provision of the bill. I did so because I feel very strongly that United States citizens do not want their tax dollars used to export abortion throughout the world. Many of my colleagues -- on both sides of the aisle -- have called abortion a "tragedy." I agree with them wholeheartedly, and I do not think that U.S. money should be used to enable that tragedy in other nations.

I fully support federal funding for family planning initiatives and HIV/AIDS prevention programs. Abortion, however, is not a method of "family planning" and should not be viewed as such. It is my hope that Congress can pass a State / Foreign Ops spending bill that respects the sanctity of life and the rights of the unborn.