June 8, 2012 — The House on Thursday in a party-line vote approved a Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill (HB 5855) that includes a provision barring Immigration and Customs Enforcement from providing abortion care for women in custody, the AP/Washington Post reports.
The provision, which was proposed by Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.), would ban the use of ICE funding for abortion services, except in cases of rape, incest or when a woman's life is in danger (AP/ Washington Post, 6/7). It does not prohibit ICE officials from taking a woman outside of a detention facility to obtain abortion care (Women's Health Policy Report, 6/5).
The provision is not expected to survive in the Senate, according to the AP/Post (AP/Washington Post, 6/7).
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