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House OKs family-planning funds
Vote is seen as new
Congress’ first opinion
WASHINGTON (AP) — Over
coning opposition from anti-abortion
lawmakers, the House Wednesday ap
proved the release of funds for inter
national family planning programs.
In the first abortion test vote of the
new Congress, the House voted 220
209 in approving a resolution to be
gin providing $385 million in over
seas family-planning funds on March
1. The Senate is to take up the mea
Supporters of the bill won over
many moderate Republicans by stress
ing that increased family-planning aid
could prevent millions of abortions.
“Indeed, the delay (in providing
the aid) undermines U.S. efforts to
promote child survival and actually
increases the number of abortions
worldwide,” said Rep. Nancy Pelosi,
Anti-abortion forces fought back
later in the day when the House
passed, by 231-194, a separate bill that
ties the release of the funds to tighter
restrictions on abortion.
But that bill, sponsored by Rep.
Chris Smith, R-N.J., has little chance
of surviving the Senate and would face
a presidential veto.
Smith would restore the policy, in
effect during the Reagan and Bush
administrations, that bars money for
groups that perform or promote abor
tion. It was revoked early in President
Clinton’s first term.
Defection turns into tense drama
BEIJING (AP) — The highest
ranking official ever to defect from
North Korea hid out under South Ko
rean Embassy protection today, and
Seoul said he asked for asylum because
he wants to help reconcile the two
Unarmed Chinese police ringed
the Beijing building where Hwang
Jang Yop was presumed to be staying.
South Korea asked for beefed-up se
curity after up to 10 North Koreans
tried forcing their way in Wednesday
night, presumably to try to get Hwang.
North Korea insists that Hwang
must have been kidnapped by South
Koreans, calling his defection “incon
ceivable and impossible.”
North Korean diplomats chal
lenged the Chinese police again today.
After watching the building for hours
without making a move, about a dozen
North Koreans walked up to police
lines tonight and were turned away
when they tried to go past, witnesses
Chinese police immediately wid
ened the security zone, ordering re
porters and the North Koreans in em
bassy cars to park a block away.
Wednesday night, a carload of
North Koreans chased two South Ko
rean diplomats driving home, prompt
ing them to double back and sleep at
the embassy overnight.
A top South Korean diplomat ar
rived in Beijing today to try to resolve
how to get Hwang, a close associate
of North Korean leader Kim Jong II,
out of China.
China appeared caught between its
longtime loyalties to communist North
Korea and its new economic ties with
the rival government in South Korea.
Hwang, in a three-page statement
released in Seoul by the South Korean
government, said “after a long period
of agonizing deliberation” he decided
to defect to help reconcile the two
Koreas and to discuss with Seoul how
“to save our nation from misery.”
Hwang said he did not believe
North Korea would collapse, despite
widespread food shortages.
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Mississippi is 17th state to
ban homosexual marriages
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Gov. Kirk
Fordice signed a law banning homosexual mar
riages in Mississippi, denouncing same-sex re
lationships as “perverse.”
“For too long in this freedom-loving land,
cultural subversives have engaged in trench
warfare on traditional family values,” Fordice
said Wednesday, as Mississippi became the 17th
state in a year to outlaw'such marriages.
State Rep. Jim Evans, one of three lawmak
ers to oppose the bill, said the governor should
be “giving it a second thought before he begins
to moralize right now.”
Fordice is recovering from injuries suffered
in a car accident 14 weeks ago while returning
from lunch with an unidentified woman in
Memphis, Tenn. His wife Pat was out of town.
The governor said he has no memory of that
“Hypocrites love to talk about family val
ues, but if they search deep down and do a truth
analysis, they wish their own families were dif
ferent,” Evans said.
Mississippi’s law denies recognition of ho
mosexual marriages performed in other states.
Fordice said the law would ensure that gay
couples do not enjoy benefits of marriage such
as health insurance.
“Insurance benefits for dependents were
never intended for perverse relationships such
Insurance benefits for
dependents were never
such as the same-sex
as the same-sex marriage,” he said.
Mississippi lawmakers were responding in
part to a case in Hawaii, which is appealing a
judge’s ruling that the state must grant mar
riage licenses to gay couples.
The American Civil Liberties Union is con
sidering challenging some state laws banning
gay marriage, said Mississippi ACLU execu
tive director David Ingebretsen.
“It’s just another expression of intolerance,”
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