U.S. Bishops Lobby for Mexico City Policy

WASHINGTON, D.C., NOV. 2, 2007 (Zenit.org).- The conference of U.S. bishops ran an ad campaign in Capital Hill publications urging Congress to support the Mexico City Policy, which ensures that government money does not fund abortions abroad.

The House Committee on Foreign Affairs convened a hearing Wednesday on the Mexico City Policy, the same day the bishops’ conference placed full-page ads in Roll Call, The Hill, CQ Today and Congress Daily AM. The ad also appeared Tuesday.

The ad, made possible by a grant from the Knights of Columbus, featured the image of a woman from the developing world holding her child, paired with a quotation from Grace Olivarez, dissenting member of John D. Rockefeller III’s federal advisory commission on population: “The poor cry out for justice and equality and we respond with legalized abortion.”

The ad also says: “Some people have long been tempted to see abortion as a ‘quick fix’ for the problems of the poor. But poor women need help providing for their children, not eliminating them.”

It urges at the end: “The poor women of the world deserve authentic help, not the phony substitute of more abortions. Support the Mexico City Policy. Please vote against any bill to overturn it.”