September 15, 2020

Trump Administration Proposes Expansion to Mexico City Policy

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On Monday, the Trump administration proposed an expansion to the pro-life Mexico City Policy which would include military and government contracts.

The Mexico City Policy is not law, but it has been implemented by pro-life presidents since it was first implemented during President Ronald Reagan's administration in 1984. The current policy places limits on how US tax dollars can be distributed to Non-Governmental-Organizations (NGO's) in foreign countries. Specifically, it means that federal tax dollars may not be given to organizations that provide or promote abortion.

While the Mexico City Policy currently applies to nearly $9 billion in U.S. foreign aid, this expansion could further ensure that US funding is not being spent on organizations that will use it to promote the deadly practice of abortion. NGO's can do this by either directly committing abortions or by using US funds to subsidize lobbyists who fight for legalized or expanded abortion in their home countries.

In response, Planned Parenthood Action tweeted that the proposal is an “unprecedented expansion of a harmful policy.” That might be a sign that it's a good idea.

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