Donald Trump has signed an executive order to ban federal money going to worldwide groups which perform or provide information on abortions. The Mexico City Policy states that non-governmental organizations outside the United States who receive family planning funding from the United States can't provide abortions, educate the public or government on the need for safe abortions or provide advice on where to get an abortion, according to the Center for Health and Gender Equality.
"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".
The policy was first enacted under President Reagan and has since been rescinded twice at the beginning of Democratic administrations (Clinton and Obama) and reinstated twice at the beginning of Republican administrations (George W. Bush and Trump).
Trump's executive order Monday comes one day after the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court case that guaranteed a woman's right to have an abortion. "Since 2012, there are 30 million more women in the world who now have access to modern family planning services", Seema Jalan, the executive director of the United Nations Foundation's Universal Access Project, told Motherboard.
"This action will do more than change policy; it will make it more hard for millions of girls and women to access the contraception and health care they need to determine their futures". The rule, first put in place by President Reagan in 1984, was brought back by both Presidents Bush.
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Other executive orders Trump signed today include one that withdraws the US from the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade deal negotiated under Obama, and another that freezes federal workforce hiring.
It beggars belief that an American president is imposing such a rule, even as women are dying of unsafe abortions in their country.
She said the return of the rule "ignores decades of research, instead favoring ideological politics over women and families' futures".
I wrote past year that "In the end, Donald J Trump, the unorthodox candidate, is no different than any other Republican establishment candidate" when it comes to a woman's right to choose. "President Trump should stand on notice", she continued. In particular, if women consider abortion as a way to prevent unwanted births, then policies curtailing the activities of organizations that provide modern contraceptives may inadvertently lead to an increase in the abortion rate. In 2015, Senate legislation introduced by Shaheen that would have made the gag rule impossible to reinstate by executive order attracted support from several moderate Republicans.