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Washington, D.C. – House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on House Democrats’ repeal of the Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance policy, which keeps U.S. foreign aid money from being used to perform or promote abortion:

“Earlier today Speaker Pelosi quoted a prayer by Saint Francis: ‘Lord make me a channel of thy peace.’ Hours later, Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats voted to allow foreign aid money to be used to perform and promote the violence of abortion overseas.

“House Democrats are trying to force funding of abortion on an unwilling American people and unwilling foreign cultures. The Democrats’ bill also increases funding to the United Nations Population Fund, an international body that is complicit in human rights abuses such as China’s coercive family-planning policies. Simply put, this bill is a disaster for America’s reputation as a defender of freedom and human rights in the world.

“House Republicans fought to save pro-life protections by amending the Democrats’ bill. Sadly the Democrats thwarted our efforts. Instead of handing taxpayer money to international abortion advocates, Speaker Pelosi should heed the words of the Pope named after Saint Francis: ‘Every life counts: from the beginning to the end, from conception to natural death.’”