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S. 210 (115th): Global Health, Empowerment and Rights Act

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In one of his first actions as president, President Trump signed an executive order banning U.S. funding for abortions performed or promoted overseas. The rule prevents any federal money from going towards any global health charity or non-governmental organization (NGO) performing abortions, even if that’s only a small portion of their services. It even bans the money for organizations that merely promote or discuss abortions.

This reverses the Obama-era rule which allowed such funding. Democrats in Congress introduced legislation that would bring the Obama-era rule back.

What the executive order does, and what the bill to repeal it does

Abortion funding from federal dollars has long been illegal under a rule that pre-dated Obama. What this rule does instead is prevent federal money from going to global organizations even for …

Sponsor and status

Jeanne Shaheen

Sponsor. Senator for New Hampshire. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jan 24, 2017
Length: 2 pages
Jan 24, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on January 24, 2017, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


47 Cosponsors (43 Democrats, 2 Republicans, 2 Independents)



Jan 24, 2017

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

S. 210 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 210. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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