Values Voter Presidential Debate Mexico City Policy

September 17, 2007
Fort Lauderdale, Florida








FOLGER: The Mexico City Policy states that as a condition for a foreign organization to receive federal funds, they will neither, quote, "perform nor actively promote abortion." Would you work to apply this Mexico City policy to organizations within the United States as well as abroad?

HUCKABEE: I just want to clarify, and I'm not trying to be difficult, but I want to make sure we're not being asked to apply a Mexican law to United States law. Is it the principle you are after, or the law itself?

FOLGER: It's the principle of not giving our tax dollars to organizations within our country that actively promote or provide abortions.

HUCKABEE: OK. I just want to make sure that we were not in essence agreeing to abide by a Mexican law.

FOLGER: No. It's an American law.

HUCKABEE: OK. All right.

BROWNBACK: This is a policy that Ronald Reagan put in place, that we wouldn't use federal funds to support abortion or organizations that promote abortions overseas.

HUNTER: It's actually a U.N. policy.

KEYES: Well, actually, it was a policy of the Mexico City Population Conference. I was the deputy chairman of the delegation. I actually negotiated the language into the final resolution at that conference.

[audience: strong reaction, cheers]

FOLGER: Could I just . . .? Joseph? May I clarify?

FARAH: It's interesting that there's disagreement, and you all voted the same way.

FOLGER: I want to know, will they defund Planned Parenthood. That's what I want to know. [To Huckabee:] Is that a no?

HUCKABEE: Would I fund Planned Parenthood?

FOLGER: Will you defund Planned Parenthood?

HUCKABEE: Oh, defund it. Yes. I thought you said would I fund it, and that would be a no.

[audience laughs]

FOLGER: OK. Excellent.


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