Tag Archives: Mexico City Policy

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Further to US President Donald Trump, above, reinstating an executive order that will block US federal funding from going to international NGOs that provide abortion services, or “actively promote” the same – even when US funds are not specifically used to that end…

A policy that has been rescinded and reinstated by the different US administrations since first announced in 1984 (see table above)…

Politico reports:

The decision to reinstate — and significantly expand — the Republican policy known as the “Mexico City policy,” or the “global gag rule,” was delivered a day after the 44th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion and two days after the Women’s March on Washington and similar events across the country drew crowds to rally for reproductive rights, among other issues.

The new policy would prohibit any federal aid to foreign organizations that provide or promote abortion…

“The intent is to extend the policy to apply not just to family planning assistance but to global health, including PEPFAR and maternal health,” said Jennifer Kates, vice president and director of global health and HIV policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation, who added that the full scope of the policy isn’t yet known.

She estimated that when the policy has been applied in the past, it covered about $600 million in foreign aid spending. The new policy could potentially cover up to $8 billion.

Trump revives funding ban to groups providing abortion overseas (Politico.com)

Top image: The Mexico City Policy: An Explainer (KFF)