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January 29, 2021

Biden Ends Mexico City Policy, Allowing Taxpayer Dollars to Promote Abortion Worldwide

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On Thursday, President Joe Biden followed through on his promise to end the Mexico City Policy, allowing the US to once again use federal tax dollars to fund and promote abortions in other nations.

Biden's presidential memorandum revoked former President Donald Trump's policy, which both reinstated and expanded the Mexico City Policy after former President Obama left office. Trump's policy banned federal foreign aid funding, not only from being used to commit abortions, but also from being used by organizations that promote abortion in any way.

Furthermore, Biden's memorandum directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services to “review the Title X Rule and any other regulations governing the Title X program that impose undue restrictions on the use of Federal funds or women’s access to complete medical information.”

The memorandum also withdraws the United States's signature from the Geneva Consensus Declaration, which said “that there is no international right to abortion, nor any international obligation on the part of States to finance or facilitate abortion, consistent with the long-standing international consensus that each nation has the sovereign right to implement programs and activities consistent with their laws and policies.”

Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser heavily criticized Biden for his decision, accusing him of using federal funds to interfere with the pro-life cultures of less wealthy nations.

“Funneling U.S. tax dollars to abortion groups overseas is an abhorrent practice that flies in the face of the ‘unity’ Joe Biden and Kamala Harris promised to inspire. Rather than rally the nation around common ground policies to affirm and promote life, today they force taxpayers to bankroll abortion businesses overseas, opening up a slush fund for groups like Marie Stopes International and the International Planned Parenthood Federation. These abortion industry giants shamefully push their agenda on deeply pro-life nations and cultures. Americans across the political spectrum oppose the use of taxpayer funding to promote abortion and abortion businesses. Despite this, the new administration is moving forward with a payout to the abortion industry that backed their political campaign.”

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