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Jim Risch on Abortion

Republican Jr Senator; previously Governor


I oppose abortion

Q: Do you support or oppose the policy: “Abortion is a woman’s right”?

A: I oppose abortion.

Source: Email interview on 2008 Senate race with OnTheIssues.org , Jun 8, 2008

Recognize the sanctity of life in public policy

Governor Jim Risch signed a proclamation signifying October 1 to be Idaho Life Chain Sunday in Idaho. The proclamation recognizes the sanctity of life and Idaho’s public policy of respect for life. “Idaho has a strong mindset when it comes to protecting life. As governor it is my desire to see all Idahoans achieve their highest potential, and that includes the unborn,” said Risch.
Source: Press release, “Proclamation Honors Life” , Sep 29, 2006

Voted YES on restricting UN funding for population control policies.

Congressional Summary:To require that amounts appropriated for the United Nations Population Fund are not used by organizations which support coercive abortion or involuntary sterilization.

Proponent's argument to vote Yes:Sen. WICKER (R-MS): This amendment with one issue and one issue only--whether US taxpayer dollars will be provided to help fund coercive population control policies, such as China's one-child policy--a policy that relies on coerced abortion and forced sterilization. Specifically, this pro-child, pro-family, pro-woman amendment would restore the Kemp-Kasten antipopulation control provision, which has been a fundamental part of our foreign policy for almost a quarter century. As it has always done, Kemp-Kasten allows the President to certify that funds are not used for coercive family practices. My amendment is needed because the underlying bill reverses this longstanding provision.

Sen. COBURN (R-OK): I stand in the corner of pro-life. But I want to debate this issue as if I were pro-choice. If we believe that women have a right to choose, why in the world would we send money to UNFP that is going to take that right away from women in other countries? You can't be on both sides of this issue. Either you believe in a woman's right to choose or you do not. Or you only believe in a woman's right to choose in America, and because the Chinese have too many people, you don't think that same human right ought to be given to women in China. There is no question that UNFP will mix this money, and we will fund forced abortions in China. [Without this amendment] American taxpayer dollars are going to go to China to enforce coercive abortion against the will of women and force sterilization against the will of women in China.

Opponent's argument to vote No:None spoke against the amendment.

Reference: Wicker Amdt.; Bill S.Amdt.607 to H.R.1105 ; vote number 2009-S081 on Mar 5, 2009

Prohibit federal funding for abortion.

Risch signed No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act

Source: H.R.3 &S.906 11-S906 on May 5, 2011

No family planning assistance that includes abortion.

Risch co-sponsored Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act

Prohibits providing any federal family planning assistance to an entity unless the entity certifies that, during the period of such assistance, the entity will not perform, and will not provide any funds to any other entity that performs, an abortion. Excludes an abortion where:

  1. the pregnancy is the result of an act of rape or an act of incest; or
  2. a physician certifies that the woman suffered from a physical disorder, injury, or illness that would place the woman in danger of death unless an abortion is performed, including a condition caused by or arising from the pregnancy.
Excludes hospitals from such requirement so long as the hospital does not provide funds to any non-hospital entity that performs an abortion.
Source: HR.217/S.135 13-S0135 on Jan 24, 2013

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