Bush Administration Withholds Funding For International Health Conference
Bush Administration officials rescinded funding for an international health conference because Republican staff members and right-wing groups such as the Traditional Values Coalition complained that the conference promotes abortion.
According to the Washington Post, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) withdrew funding for the Global Health Council’s conference entitled “Youth and Health: Generation on the Edge.” House Republican aides sent an email to anti-choice groups stating that they found the conference to be “outrageous” because they believe one of the groups speaking at the conference, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), “performs abortions” and helps “the communist Chinese force them on women.” These accusations were proven false by the Bush Administration’s own experts who investigated and cleared the UNFPA of abuses in its programs in China.
The four-day conference would include a diverse set of issues.
4/15/2014 Virginia Bishops Advocate More Abortion Restrictions for Poor Women - Using the Medicaid expansion debate as a platform, the Virginia Catholic Conference issued a statement Friday calling for the repeal of a Virginia law that allows state funding of abortion care for Medicaid recipients in situations where the fetus exhibits a "gross and totally incapacitating physical deformity" or a "gross and totally incapacitating mental deficiency."
Bishop Francis DiLorenzo of the Diocese of Richmond and Bishop Paul Loverde of the Diocese of Arlington authored the statement which urges Virginia lawmakers to act to expand Medicaid to cover more of Virginia's poor. . . .