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GOP Lawmakers Turn on Bush, Favor Abortion Rule

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Thursday, May 10, 2001

GOP Lawmakers Turn on Bush, Favor Abortion Rule

Remember the bold action taken by President Bush shortly after he was inaugurated? He issued an executive order restricting foreign aid to groups that offer abortion counseling or services overseas.

Now, three Republicans on the House International Relations Committee joined all the Democrats and voted to reverse Bush's order. They attached an amendment to the $8.2 billion State Department spending bill allowing the groups to recommend abortion.

The committee vote was 26-22 and still could be pulled either on the House floor or in a House-Senate conference, but don't count on it. For the left, abortion is the unholy grail.

Want to know the names of the three Republican congressmen who voted against their own president? They are Jim Leach of Iowa, Benjamin Gilman of New York and Amo Houghton, also of New York.

Now let's see what happens on the House floor.