U.S. Taxpayers Should Not Fund Abortions Overseas
Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) today called on the House Foreign Affairs Committee to advance a clean reauthorization of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) program and supported the efforts of Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chris Smith (R-NJ), Mike Pence (R-IN), Joe Pitts (R-PA) and other Republicans to ensure taxpayer funds dedicated to fight the global AIDS pandemic are not diverted to fund abortions overseas. He issued the following statement:
"PEPFAR was crafted in a wholly bipartisan way, demonstrating our shared commitment to fighting the global AIDS pandemic. Unfortunately, that bipartisan accord is in great danger because the Majority is attempting to shift critical PEPFAR funds away from valuable prevention programs and toward international organizations that promote and provide abortions. I will strongly oppose any effort to divert funds dedicated to fighting HIV/AIDS abroad to programs that support abortions overseas.
"The Majority's ill-advised attempts to unravel the bipartisan consensus we reached on PEPFAR will undermine this valuable program as we know it, placing at risk the work it does on behalf of millions around the world suffering from AIDS or at risk of contracting HIV. Congress must send President Bush a clean PEPFAR reauthorization bill that maintains its current, successful structure, and I thank Reps. Ros-Lehtinen, Smith, Pence, Pitts, and other Republicans on the Foreign Affairs Committee for their efforts to ensure this happens."
Boehner represents Ohio's 8th District, which includes all of Darke, Miami and Preble counties, most of Butler and Mercer counties, and the northeastern corner of Montgomery County. He was first elected to Congress in 1990.