The administration before President Trump used taxpayer money to fund abortions around the world. For eight years, the United States was helping fund—with federal tax dollars—abortions in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Central and South America.
No more, said President Trump, who re-enacted the Mexico City Policy. The policy was initially enacted by former President Ronald Reagan in 1984 and stops taxpayer dollars to go to organizations who provide abortion services.
The major pro-life move unintentionally left a number of loopholes that Democrats exploited—until now.
The Washington Examiner reports Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the president has stopped federal funding from going to foreign nonprofits that in-turn donates to abortion providers.
“We will enforce a strict prohibition on backdoor funding schemes and end-runs around our policy,” Pompeo said at the State Department, per the report. “American taxpayer dollars will not be used to underwrite abortions.”
“We can achieve … the great work that many of these foreign NGOs do without running the risk that they’ll be used to perform abortions or advocate for abortions,” he continued. “It’s deeply consistent with the most moral behavior of governments, and we’re determined to make sure that we don’t allow taxpayers’ dollars to get to these places.”
Here’s more, from the Washington Examiner:
The policy is typically reversed by Democratic presidents and renewed during Republican administrations, but Pompeo is implementing the rule “to the broadest extent possible” by ensuring that foreign nonprofits don’t give U.S. funding to groups that would direct the money to abortion.
That priority necessitated a clash with the Organization of American States, an assembly of the nations in the Western Hemisphere led by Secretary-General Luis Almagro. The former Uruguayan foreign minister is an ardent supporter of abortion rights, drawing criticism from traditional Roman Catholic bishops and activists throughout the region.
“The institutions of the OAS should be focused on addressing crises in Cuba, Nicaragua, and in Venezuela, not on advancing the pro-abortion cause,” Pompeo said. “And to ensure that our message is heard loud and clear, we will reduce our contributions to the OAS. Our reduction equals the estimated U.S. share of possible OAS expenditures on these abortion-related activities.”
According to the report, March for Life President Jeanne Mancini applauded the Trump administration for their efforts to protecting life across the globe.
“Taxpayer dollars should not fund abortion here or abroad, and respecting the inherent dignity of the unborn person goes hand in glove with our country’s foreign assistance and humanitarian work,” Mancini said Tuesday, via the Washington Examiner. “The Secretary’s courageous leadership on the implementation of this policy will assure its proper oversight and help advance the protection and empowerment of human persons at all stages in our international global health assistance initiatives.”
Pompeo estimated the new move will help save $9 billion of foreign aid money that is donated to those nonprofits.
“[The Mexico City Policy] now protects every human life impacted by the nearly $9 billion of foreign aid we spend on global health programs each year, and in turn protects more unborn babies around the world than ever before,” Pompeo concluded. “This is decent; this is right. And I’m proud to serve in an administration that protects the least amongst us.”