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Will the HER Act Provide Funding for Overseas Abortions?
02/16/2017 Donald Trump Helen J
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President Donald Trump put out an executive order to prevent the United States from funding abortions or the promotion of abortions overseas. His controversial executive order brought out a response from other parties in regards to the rights of women. In an effort to reverse the executive order, U.S. Representative Nita Lowey from New York sponsored the HER Act, or H.R. 671.

What is the HER Act?

The HER Act, which is officially called the Global Health, Empowerment, and Rights Act, is an effort to overturn President Trump's executive order to return to the rules of the Obama administration. Essentially, it strives to allow federal funding for women in other countries who obtain an abortion or related health services in facilities offering an abortion, such as abortion counseling.

Supporters of the act suggest that limiting funding or eliminating funding completely harms women and reduces the possibility of low-cost contraceptives. Opponents of the HER Act point out that the reason is respect for the life of all Americans as well as respecting the American tax payers. Since the executive order does make exceptions in the case of rape, incest or risks to the health of the mother, it only applies to facilities promoting abortion as a birth control measure rather than as an exception in extreme circumstances.

Should American's Fund Abortions Overseas?

Due to the controversy of the executive order and the resulting HER Act, it raises the question about whether American tax payers should actually fund abortions overseas. The rule in relation to abortions in other countries has been repealed and reinstated with different presidents since Reagan's presidency, so President Trump's stance is not a surprise to many Americans.

Supporters of the HER Act point out that foreign assistance from the United States does not actually fund abortions, so the executive order only reduces funding to programs offering global care and health services. For many tax payers, the fact that American's taxes pay for services overseas and in other nations may cause concerns about our ability to repay the nation's debt.

Ultimately, the HER Act is unlikely to pass because the majority of the senate does not agree with the act. While most of the democrat representatives support the act, most of the republican representatives are against the HER Act and the majority are expected to vote against the act. Although it is not likely to pass and repeal Trump's executive order, it is sending a clear message to the president that his order will be reversed if a democratic candidate wins in a future election.

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