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The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City, OK)
June 22, 2007 Friday City Edition
HEADLINE: House passes aid bill tied to abortion
WASHINGTON - The House voted narrowly Thursday to reverse a ban on contraception aid to groups overseas that offer abortions, challenging a pillar of President Bush's foreign aid policy.
If the proposal passes the Senate, Bush is likely to veto it and be upheld by conservative lawmakers, who say no assistance of any kind should be given to organizations that promote or offer abortions.
The measure is intended by Democrats to crack open debate on a policy barring any assistance to organizations abroad that perform or promote abortion as a method of family planning - a policy they say is failing badly.
In a speech on the House floor, Rep. Mary Fallin, R-Oklahoma City, said that if Congress gives aid for contraceptives to organizations that promote abortion, it would free up money for those organizations to use abortion as a method of family planning.
"Let's show that the United States will not be in the business of exporting abortion to foreign countries," Fallin said.
Contributing: Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau