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Senate Demos push to get abortion aid restored

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats hoping to overturn President Bush's ban on U.S. aid for groups that advocate abortion rights abroad were presenting witnesses Thursday to make a case that the policy will lead to "misery and death."

The Bush policy "is restricting family planning, not abortions," Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., said in a statement prepared for the hearing. Boxer has introduced legislation to overturn the policy.

Democrats have been critical of the policy since Bush issued it during his first week in office.