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Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2008--Continued

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DEPARTMENT OF STATE, FOREIGN OPERATIONS, AND RELATED PROGRAMS APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2008--Continued -- (Senate - September 06, 2007)

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Mr. McCAIN. Mr. President, I support amendment No. 2708 that would prevent contributions to organizations that perform or promote abortion as a method of family planning. I was unable to be in attendance for this vote. However, if I had been present, I would have voted in favor of this amendment. Similarly, I support amendment No. 2707 that would prohibit funding of organizations that support coercive abortion. If I had been present, I would have voted in favor of this amendment.

I oppose amendment No. 2719 that would rescind the ``Mexico City Policy'' in its entirety, and, had I been present, I would have voted against it.

Life is the most important gift each of us is given, and I believe that abortion unfairly takes the innocent life of an unborn child who deserves protection, morally and legally. For this reason, I oppose abortion, except in the case of rape, incest or when the life of the mother is endangered.

The ``Mexico City Policy'' denies U.S. population assistance funds to private organizations that campaign to legalize abortion in foreign countries, or which otherwise promote abortion as a method of family planning. I believe that we must be committed to protecting the life of unborn children, and I do not support the expenditure of U.S. taxpayer dollars for the purposes of funding abortions, whether inside or outside the United States. While I understand the need for family planning services, particularly in developing countries, and support efforts to meet these needs, I do not believe that abortion is an appropriate form of birth control. For this reason, I oppose the allocation of taxpayer money to organizations that promote and provide abortion services.


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