Congress Restores D.C. Abortion Funding

The $1.1 trillion spending bill the Senate passed yesterday includes major increases in funding for abortions.

The bill, which was sent to President Obama’s desk, reverses the Dornan Amendment, a 13-year-old ban on direct funding of abortions in the District of Columbia.

The bill, passed on a 57-35 mostly party-line vote, also appropriates $648.5 million for international family-planning funding, an increase of $103 million from Fiscal Year 2009, without the constraints of the Mexico City Policy to prevent these dollars from being provided to organizations that promote and perform abortions, reported here.

The bill also increases funding for the United Nations Population Fund to $55 million, a $5 million increase from FY09. The U.N. agency has been criticized for cooperating with Chinese population-control officials. It recently released a report suggesting that the alleged climate-change problem can be addressed by reducing the world’s population.


President Donald Trump during his speech at a "Thank You" Tour rally held at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa.

President Trump: ‘Faith in God’ Helps Unite Nation

In an apparent reference to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and months of demonstrations and civil unrest across several U.S. cities over racial justice issues, Trump said that faith was an important support for civil and national unity.