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Activist groups, including Scouting for All, urge President Obama not to accept the honorary Presidency of the Boy Scouts of America until they stop discriminating.

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The Boy Scouts of America will continue to be allowed to use Department of Defense property

June 8, 2005

according to a virtually unanimous vote of the House of Representatives who voted 413-16 to sustain the
privledge. The measure was an ammendment to the Defense Authorization Act. The Senate could still kill the ammendment in committee.

House of Representatives defeats effort to remove ban on military hospital abortions


WASHINGTON - The House of Representatives has rejected an attempt to remove the ban on most abortions in overseas U.S. military hospitals.

The House voted 233-194 against an amendment that would have permitted abortions for all reasons in
medical facilities operated by the armed services in foreign countries. There are exceptions to the ban that permit abortions in cases in which the mother's life is threatened and in which pregnancy results from rape or incest.

Thirty Democrats joined with 203 Republicans to defeat the amendment May 25. The representatives who voted for the measure consisted of 171 Democrats, 22 Republicans and an independent.

The vote kept intact a policy that has been in effect most of the time since 1988, when it was first instituted under President Reagan. President Clinton rescinded the rule quickly after he took office in 1993, but Congress restored it in 1996.

Rep. Susan Davis, D.-Calif., attempted to change the policy with an amendment to a Department of Defense
authorization bill for next year.

In her floor speech, Davis said, "We trust women in the military to secure our safety. We ask women to put
their lives at risk for our freedoms. So why is it that we do not support them when they require safe and legal medical services?"

Leading the opposition to the amendment, Rep. Jim Ryun, R.-Kan., said, "Allowing self-funded abortions
would simply turn our military hospitals overseas into abortion clinics.... American taxpayers will be forced
to pay for the use of military facilities, the procurement of additional equipment needed to perform abortions and the use of needed military personnel to perform these abortions.

"Military doctors signed up to save the lives of our dedicated servicemen and women, not to end the lives of babies," he said.

The House gave final approval to the Defense authorization act in a 390-39 vote.

The bill passed with another amendment concerning the relationship between the DOD and the Boy Scouts of
America. The House voted 413-16 for an amendment by Rep. Jo Ann Davis, R.-Va., that clarified the department could continue to provide support for the Boy Scouts and other youth organizations in the form of holding and hosting events on DOD property.

The amendment came after the DOD agreed last year in a partial settlement of a suit by the ACLU to inform its
military bases they may not sponsor Boy Scouts troops. The department said troops are still permitted to meet
on bases, however. The ACLU had accused DOD of violating the First Amendment's ban on government
establishment of religion because the Boy Scout oath includes a pledge to "do my duty to God and my country."

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