The House has voted to lift a ban on aid, including contraception, to family planning clinics and organizations that perform abortions. The measure would still block the direct funding of abortions, but Republicans opposed to the bill say sending condoms to the clinics would give them more resources to perform abortions.

It is difficult to take the “culture of life” seriously when communities that have to cope with AIDS, rampant poverty and an exploding population are denied badly needed protection and contraception.

President Bush is expected to veto the bill.


The US House of Representatives has voted to overturn a ban on aid to overseas groups practicing abortion.

The move was approved by 223 votes to 201, but it is unlikely to be signed by President George W Bush.

Earlier this week the White House said he would veto any legislation weakening current federal policies on abortion.

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