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Trump Cuts Off Aid To Foreign Health Providers Who Discuss Abortion As Family-Planning Option

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The ban, known as the “Mexico City policy,” has been lifted and reinstated since it was first implemented by Ronald Reagan each time there’s a party turnover of the White House. Meanwhile, a rule permanently banning federal funding for abortions is moving through the House.

The New York Times: Trump Revives Ban On Foreign Aid To Groups That Give Abortion Counseling
President Trump reinstated a policy on Monday that originated in the Reagan era, prohibiting the granting of American foreign aid to health providers abroad who discuss abortion as a family-planning option. United States law already prohibits the use of American taxpayer dollars for abortion services anywhere, including in countries where the procedure is legal. But Mr. Trump’s order takes the prohibition further: It freezes funding to nongovernmental organizations in poor countries if they offer abortion counseling or if they advocate the right to seek abortion in their countries. (Sengupta, 1/23)

The Washington Post: Trump Reverses Abortion-Related U.S. Policy, Bans Funding To International Health Groups
The move drew immediate denunciations from family-planning groups and their Democratic allies and praise from pro-life officials and Republicans. Since its inception in 1984, the funding ban — officially known as the “Mexico City policy” and referred to as “the global gag rule” by its critics — has been repealed and reinstated every time a different political party has assumed power in the White House. (McGinley and Goldstein, 1/23)

The Hill: Trump Reinstates Ban On US Funds Promoting Abortion Overseas 
“I think the president, it’s no secret, has made it very clear that he’s a pro-life president,” White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters at his first briefing Monday afternoon. “And I think the reinstatement of this policy is not just something that echoes that value, but respects tax payer funding as well, and ensures that we’re standing up not just for life of the unborn, but for also taxpayer funds that are being spent overseas to perform an action that is contrary to the values of this president.” (Hellmann, 1/23)

WBUR: Trump Bans U.S. Funding For Groups That ‘Promote’ Abortion Overseas
The full implications are not clear. The U.S. spends more than $10 billion annually on global health — including $607.5 million specifically on reproductive health. And it remains to be seen how much of that goes to groups that currently provide or promote abortion as defined by the policy — and that would opt

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