“For too long, abortion advocates have profited from taxpayer-funded programs masquerading as providing full-service medical care,” said AUL’s Catherine Glenn Foster. “The Trump Administration’s expansion of the Mexico City Policy means that our taxpayer dollars will be used to promote good health and life rather than abortion.”

WASHINGTON D.C. (05-15-17) – Americans United for Life President and CEO Catherine Glenn Foster today praised plans for an expanded Mexico City Policy, noting, “Investing in full-service, comprehensive medical care rather than abortion represents the best use of our limited taxpayer dollars, and a better way to help women and their unborn children.”

The policy change comes from the State Department, which later today is announcing the “Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance” initiative, which will impact a broad array of federal programs and funds.

The Mexico City Policy “provides that for nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to be eligible to receive federal funding, they must agree not to perform or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning in other nations.  The Policy was continued by President George H.W. Bush, rescinded by President Clinton in 1993, reinstated by President George W. Bush in 2001, and rescinded by President Barack Obama in 2009. Exceptions exist for abortions done in response to rape, incest, or threat to the mother’s life or health.”

The precise wording of the new policy is as follows:

“The United Nations Declaration of the Rights of the Child (1959) calls for legal protection for children before birth as well as after birth In keeping with this obligation, the United States does not consider abortion an acceptable element of family planning programs and will no longer contribute to those of which it is a part.  Accordingly, when dealing with nations that support abortion with funds not provided by the United States Government, the United States will contribute to such nations through segregated accounts that cannot be used for abortion.

“Moreover, the United States will no longer contribute to separate non-governmental organizations that perform or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning in other nations.”

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