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Volume 14
No. 5
July, 2020

US: Supreme Court Ruling Affirms Funding Restrictions

A recent US Supreme Court ruling on funding for anti-trafficking programs is believed to also apply to US policy prohibiting funding to international groups that perform or promote abortion. In the case of USAID v. Alliance for Open Society International, the Court determined that international NGOs do not have the right to free speech. Under PEPFAR, the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief program created in 2003, organizations receiving funds from the U.S. Agency for International Development must take an anti-trafficking and anti-prostitution pledge. The requirement was added to the law by Rep Chris Smith to ensure US dollars were not going to organizations that are complicit with trafficking and the enslavement of women and children.
 
The decision written by Justice Brett Kavanaugh acknowledges that Congress has the right to condition funding to foreign organizations which "helps ensure that U. S. foreign aid serves U.S. interests." The decision states: "In particular, plaintiffs' approach would put Congress in the untenable position of either cutting off certain funding programs altogether, or instead funding foreign organizations that may not align with U.S. values. We see no constitutional justification for the Federal Judiciary to interfere in that fashion with American foreign policy and American aid to foreign organizations."

 
 
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In this Issue

 
International Pressure for Abortion
Pro-Abortion NGOs Rocked by Charges of Racism, 'White Supremacy'
Oh Canada, "Mothers and babies need support, not abortion!"
 
Defending Life
U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Affirms Funding Restrictions
Actor Thanks President Trump; Asks for Prayer for Pro-Life Leaders
Report of the Commission on Unalienable Rights
El Salvador- Evidence Reveals Equal Disregard for Newly Born and Unborn
 
Focus on the United Nations
US Again Speaks Out Against Abortion
Abortionist Appointed to UN Position on Health
 
Focus on the OAS
IACHR Calls for Access to Reproductive Health Services during Pandemic
 
Legislative News
UK: Pro-Life Hail Victory as Pro-Abortion Amendments Fail 
Northern Ireland Says No, UK Votes Yes to Impose Abortion Law 
Kenya: Senate Considers Bill to Expand Abortion 
Guernsey: Abortion to be Allowed 
US: Tennessee Approves Heartbeat Bill 
 
Judicial News
US: Supreme Court Strikes Down State Law Regulating Abortion Clinics

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