The House Committee on Foreign Affairs convened a hearing Wednesday on the Mexico City Policy, the same day the bishops' conference placed full-page ads in Roll Call, The Hill, CQ Today and Congress Daily AM. The ad also appeared Tuesday.
The ad, made possible by a grant from the Knights of Columbus, featured the image of a woman from the developing world holding her child, paired with a quotation from Grace Olivarez, dissenting member of John D. Rockefeller III's federal advisory commission on population: "The poor cry out for justice and equality and we respond with legalized abortion."
The ad also says: "Some people have long been tempted to see abortion as a 'quick fix' for the problems of the poor. But poor women need help providing for their children, not eliminating them."
It urges at the end: "The poor women of the world deserve authentic help, not the phony substitute of more abortions. Support the Mexico City Policy. Please vote against any bill to overturn it."