Trump reinstates pro-life ‘Mexico City policy’

Abortion | The Reagan-era rule blocks funding to NGOs that provide abortions
by Samantha Gobba
Posted 1/23/17, 04:49 pm

President Donald Trump followed in former President George W. Bush’s footsteps today by reinstating a law blocking foreign aid to abortion providers.

In Mexico City at a United Nations conference in 1984, the Reagan Administration introduced what became known as the “Mexico City policy,” which required nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) receiving U.S. aid to sign agreements that they would not perform abortions. Just as former President Bill Clinton blocked the law when he took office in 1993, former President Barack Obama again overturned it in 2009.

The repeal of funding to abortion-providing NGOs adheres lockstep to the pro-life platform on which Trump campaigned. Pro-abortion advocates have decried Monday’s order, but pro-lifers are cheering it.

“After eight years of Barack Obama’s pro-abortion policies, pro-life Americans are relieved to finally see their taxpayer dollars being safeguarded again,” Ohio Right to Life president Mike Gonidakis said.

“This is a vital step in the journey to make America great again, recognizing and affirming the universal ideal that all human beings have inherent worth and dignity, regardless of their age or nationality,” Family Research Council president Tony Perkins said. “I thank President Trump for issuing an executive order in keeping with his campaign promise that he will protect taxpayers from having to pay for abortions.”

 Pro-lifers have promoted defunding Planned Parenthood at the state level with varying success. Last year, House Republicans approved a measure to repeal Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood. Obama vetoed the bill, but House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis. promised this month the GOP would again work to unravel Obamacare and redirect funds from Planned Parenthood to community health centers.

Last year, the Department of Health and Human Services issued a new rule that would block states from siphoning federal money away from Planned Parenthood, but pro-lifers remain hopeful the new administration can undo that decision, too.

The reinstatement of the Mexico City policy bodes well for that effort, Students for Life of America president Kristan Hawkins said: “This is a new day for all Americans, and we are excited about reversing Planned Parenthood’s hold on Washington.”

Samantha Gobba

Samantha is a freelancer for WORLD Digital. She is a graduate of the World Journalism Institute, and she holds a bechelor degree in English from Hillsdale College and a multiple subject teaching credential from California State University. Samantha resides in Chico, Calif., with her husband and their two sons.

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  • Leeper
    Posted: Mon, 01/23/2017 06:56 pm

    How great it is to see a prolife president.

  • Steve SoCal
    Posted: Tue, 01/24/2017 01:37 am

    Great news!

  • K Scott
    Posted: Tue, 01/24/2017 05:36 am

    The Mexico City Policy has a rape exception. And, so does the defund Planned Parenthood bill in Congress. I do not want to sound ungrateful, because the signing of this executive order is encouraging, but not for every pro-lifer. Today's widespread celebration by pro-life organizations without any mention of the rape exception is discouraging, demeaning, and demoralizing for those who were conceived in rape. Why don't their lives matter enough for the rape exception to be acknowledged? While everyone celebrates, others like them will be killed before they can be born. It would be helpful for our President and legislators to meet some men and women who were conceived in rape. Let them listen to these wonderful people describe their full and productive lives, and let our leaders meet their spouses and children, too. Maybe even members of the media will absorb that they are real people, not faceless statistics. My final comment: Any time there is a rape exception, our tax dollars will help end the lives of innocent people. So, I am encouraged and grateful for today's signing, but I will not truly celebrate until our laws reflect the truth that all men [and women] are created equal.