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Introduced in House (01/27/2009)


111th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 708

To restrict assistance to foreign organizations that perform or actively promote abortions.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
January 27, 2009

Mr. Smith of New Jersey (for himself, Mr. Sensenbrenner, Mr. Stupak, and Ms. Ros-Lehtinen) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs


A BILL

To restrict assistance to foreign organizations that perform or actively promote abortions.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Restriction on assistance to foreign organizations that perform or actively promote abortions.

Section 104 of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 (22 U.S.C. 2151b) is amended—

(1) by redesignating subsection (g) as subsection (h); and

(2) by inserting after subsection (f) the following:

“(g) Restriction on assistance to foreign organizations that perform or actively promote abortions.—

“(1) PERFORMANCE OF ABORTIONS.—(A) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no funds appropriated for population planning activities or other population assistance may be made available for any foreign private, nongovernmental, or multilateral organization until the organization certifies that it will not, during the period for which the funds are made available, perform abortions in any foreign country, except where the life of the mother would be endangered if the pregnancy were carried to term or in cases of forcible rape or incest.

“(B) Subparagraph (A) may not be construed to apply to the treatment of injuries or illnesses caused by legal or illegal abortions or to assistance provided directly to the government of a country.

“(2) LOBBYING ACTIVITIES.—(A) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no funds appropriated for population planning activities or other population assistance may be made available for any foreign private, nongovernmental, or multilateral organization until the organization certifies that it will not, during the period for which the funds are made available, violate the laws of any foreign country concerning the circumstances under which abortion is permitted, regulated, or prohibited, or engage in any activity or effort to alter the laws or governmental policies of any foreign country concerning the circumstances under which abortion is permitted, regulated, or prohibited.

“(B) Subparagraph (A) shall not apply to activities in opposition to coercive abortion or involuntary sterilization.

“(3) APPLICABILITY.—The prohibitions of this subsection apply to funds made available to a foreign organization either directly or as a subcontractor or subgrantee, and the required certifications apply to activities in which the organization engages either directly or through a subcontractor or subgrantee.”.