August 21, 2020

Federal Reports Find "Mexico City Policy" is Working

At the beginning of this week, The Departments of State and Health and Human Services (HHS), and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) gave reports that "Mexico City Policy" stipulations on foreign aid have not created significant gaps in health care provision.

The administration’s Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance rule, often called the "Mexico City Policy," conditions U.S. global health assistance on recipients not performing or promoting abortions.

The reports say that the “vast majority” of recipients who help foreign nations by providing health assistance accepted the U.S. pro-life policy. The reports also say that in most of the few cases where partners refused to adhere to the policy, the U.S. found another health service provider to fund or other groups stepped forward to fill in the gaps.

“Only in limited instances has the Agency struggled to identify new partners or sub-awardees with comparable skill sets, networks, or capacity for outreach,” the report said.

The Trump administration's Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance applies to $8 billion in global assistance funding, while it previously only applied to $600 million in foreign aid (only involving USAID family planning assistance).

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