Trump Signs Presidential Memorandum to Reinstate “Mexico City Policy."

January 24, 2017

 

Yesterday President Trump signed a presidential memorandum to reinstate the “Mexico City Policy” — which will force NGOs (non-government / nonprofit) organizations around the world that receives U.S. funding — to agree that their organizations will not perform or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning. 

It is already illegal for other NGO’s to use federal money for abortions — but some NGOs have used different sources of income to fund abortions and to lobby other countries’ governments to legalize abortion. But with the Mexico City policy, they must “agree” to not do any abortions or promote them, even if its funded by outside money, if they want to get federal funding for their program.

Republican President Ronald Reagan first introduced the policy in 1984 and it was named “Mexico City Policy” because it was announced during a United Nations conference in Mexico City. President Bill Clinton rescinded the policy in 1993, then when Bush took over in 2001, he reinstated it. In 2009 Obama rescinded it. 

Now we have Trump reinstating it, so it is not a “new thing” — but is a clear signal on the Trump administration’s views on abortion and women’s health. I’ve included a link below that will help to explain it. 

http://kff.org/.../fact-sheet/mexico-city-policy-explainer/

 

 

 

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