Liberal Sen. Barbara Boxer (D.-Calif.) was able to win enough GOP converts this week to prevail 52 to 46 on a vote repealing the Mexico City Policy, which prohibits U.S. tax dollars from going to organizations that perform or promote abortions overseas. President Ronald Reagan implemented the policy in 1984. President Clinton rescinded it in 1993, and President Bush restored it in 2001. If the amendment, which is attached to the State Department appropriation bill, makes it through a conference with the House and then to Bush’s desk, which is unlikely, the bill could receive the President’s first veto.
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