Hannah McNeish / AFP via Getty ImagesA pregnant woman surviving on maize and cactus fruits is pictured on Dec. 5, 2011, at the Doro refugee camp, near the town of Bunj, about 40 kilometres from the border in South Sudan’s Upper Nile state. (Hannah McNeish / AFP via Getty Images)
Rep. Jan Schakowsky has introduced a bill that would allow U.S. taxpayer-funded international aid programs to pay for abortion procedures in Africa and other locations around the world.
On Wednesday, the Illinois Democrat and six Democratic co-sponsors unveiled the Abortion Is Health Care Act of 2020, which would classify abortion as a “critical component of comprehensive maternal and reproductive health care.”
The bill seeks to repeal the Helms Amendment, which has prohibited the use of foreign aid for abortions since 1973.
The law passed following the Supreme Court’s landmark Roe v. Wade decision.
“Ninety-seven percent of unsafe abortions occur in developing countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin