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Biden Is Set to Reinstate U.S. Funding for Global Abortion

Posted on Friday, January 22, 2021
by Outside Contributor

According to reports, President Joe Biden shortly will issue an executive order reversing the Mexico City policy, which currently prevents U.S. aid money from funding groups that perform or promote abortion around the globe.

During the Democratic presidential primary, Biden’s campaign promised that, if elected, he would follow his Democratic predecessors in undoing the policy, ensuring that U.S. global aid can once again fund abortions.

At yesterday’s press briefing after the inauguration, a reporter asked Biden’s press secretary Jen Psaki about the future of the policy. Psaki replied that Biden is “a devout Catholic” and added, “I don’t have anything more for you on that.”

But this morning, in prepared remarks to the World Health Organization, Dr. Anthony Fauci announced that Biden “will be revoking the Mexico City Policy in the coming days.”

The Mexico City policy was first instated by President Ronald Reagan, and since his administration, the policy has flip-flopped back and forth depending on the political party of the man in the Oval Office. Under each Democratic administration, the policy was revoked, only to be reinstated when a Republican administration took over.

Under President Donald Trump, the Mexico City policy was expanded to include not only family planning funds distributed by the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development but also all foreign-health assistance provided by government agencies, including the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, and the Defense Department. That new policy, “Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance,” increased the amount of U.S. funding covered from about $600 million to nearly $9 billion.

Abortion advocates in the U.S. have long opposed the Mexico City policy; Planned Parenthood, for instance, disparagingly refers to it as the “global gag rule.” But large majorities of Americans tend to oppose U.S. funding for abortion overseas. One Marist poll from 2017 found that 83 percent of respondents, including almost 40 percent of Hillary Clinton voters, said they oppose federal funding of global abortions.

Biden’s choice to reverse this policy will certainly satisfy his base — if he understands his base to consist of Planned Parenthood employees. But it does seem to be out of step with most Democrats, 70 percent of whom said in 2017 that they oppose taxpayer-funded abortion around the globe.

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3 years ago

Yeah, Senile Joe promised it and he will do it. This was ALL in the 110 page Democrat manifesto that every single Democrat supported and ran on in 2020. So none of this should come as a surprise or shock to any of you.

Senile Joe has a long list of executive orders all mapped out to sign and the Democrats in the House and Senate are all geared up to start ramming through whatever legislation is necessary to make up for lost time. Meanwhile, most of the establishment Republicans in Congress are curled up in a fetal position in the corner sucking their thumbs and waiting to “walk across the aisle” to show they can be good bi-partisan players. The few that aren’t are being completely marginalized by the establishment crowd. The swamp is back with a vengeance.

3 years ago

A totally incompetent man who needs to be in a care facility. A hand puppet for China, the Left and Antifa. Murder Inc. is back in business

Gary Grella
Gary Grella
3 years ago

Mr. Biden , by what right do we advocate for abortion outside our borders ? AND , by what right do we appropriate , tax and spend outside our country for non-defense matters ?

3 years ago

Mr. Biden, you absolutely be a true Catholic and support the USA to provide fundung for abortion ANYWHERE, especially in the United States. God sees what you are doing and He will not be merciful when you face his judgment! Just picture in your head the face anf fingers and toes of each of theose babies this financial support is destroying!

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