Thursday, March 08, 2007


Religious Leaders Urge Expanded International Family Planning Assistance as a Cornerstone of U.S. Foreign Aid

Washington, DC—-Christian and Jewish religious leaders came together today, on International Women’s Day, to urge Congress and the President to expand funding for international family planning as a cornerstone of U.S. foreign assistance.

They advised government policymakers that aid for family planning would demonstrate “America’s compassion and moral principles by helping the most impoverished women and their families survive and thrive.”

The leaders held a briefing on Capitol Hill sponsored by Representative Betty McCollum (D-MN) and the Religious Advocates Working Group to urge Members of Congress to co-sponsor the “Focus on Family Health Worldwide Act of 2007” (HR 1225), a bipartisan, pro-choice/pro-life measure.

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