It’s time for 83 percent of Americans to celebrate!
That’s because President Trump’s administration just implemented a modernized Mexico City Policy, a move which fulfills the wishes of the 83 percent of Americans who “oppose using tax dollars to support abortion in other countries.” Even the majority of “pro-choicers” have reason to celebrate President Trump’s action today since 73 percent of them are opposed to funding overseas abortions with American dollars.
The new plan — called “Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance” — goes beyond the original policy enacted by Ronald Reagan and reinstated by George W. Bush which ensured American taxpayer dollars did not fund foreign NGOs that either promote or perform abortions. Whereas the old Mexico City Policy only applied to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Department of State’s family-planning assistance, the new version also applies to the Department of Defense. This means that the policy — which used to apply to approximately $600 million in funding — now prohibits nearly $9 billion in aid from supporting any overseas abortions.
Since the funds previously given to NGOs which refuse to comply with the new policy will be given to other organizations which do, the total amount of funds the United States gives to foreign health programs will not be reduced. Health programs worldwide will continue to get the funding they need to provide life-saving medical assistance — while also protecting the lives of the unborn.
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