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Friday, 19 May 2017 14:00

Trump Expands Order Banning U.S. Funds for Overseas Abortion

Written by  Dave Bohon

President Trump has expanded an executive order he signed in January re-implementing the Mexico City Policy that bans U.S. funds from paying for abortions overseas. The policy, originally implemented in 1984 by the Reagan administration, was rescinded by President Bill Clinton, re-instituted during the eight years of the Bush administration, and rescinded again by President Obama, allowing groups like International Planned Parenthood and Marie Stopes International to reap hundreds of millions of dollars for its abortion businesses overseas.

As reported by LifeNews.com, the executive order signed by Trump on January 23 “stops taxpayer funding of groups that perform and promote abortions overseas, but does not stop non-abortion international assistance. The order ensures U.S. foreign aid will continue to go to health care and humanitarian relief.... It just will not subsidize abortion overseas.”

Following up on that executive order, on May 15 the Trump administration announced a major expansion of the Mexico City Policy, increasing the ban from roughly $600 million in family planning money to encompass all U.S. international health care, which amounts to nearly $9 billion. The administration said that under the expanded order, called officially the Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance plan, the same amount of funding would still be available globally, but would only go to groups that promise not to perform abortions as part of their “family planning” strategies.

Read more at TheNewAmerican

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