May 16, 2017
President Donald Trump is implementing an executive order that not only prohibits non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that receive U.S. aid from performing abortions, but also directs the Secretary of State to expand that policy across most global health assistance funding.
Within days of his inauguration, Trump signed an executive order that reinstated the “Mexico City Policy,” which bans U.S. taxpayer funds for the provision or promotion of abortions overseas. The order also expanded and updated that policy by ensuring the ban on taxpayer funds for overseas abortions is in place across U.S. global health programs that provide assistance.
David Brody at CBN News reports that $8.8 billion will be appropriated to the State Department, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Defense Department – all of which must adhere to Trump’s expanded policy now called “Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance.”
The language of the policy is as follows:
I direct the Secretary of State, in coordination with the Secretary of Health and Human Services, to the extent allowable by law, to implement a plan to extend the requirements of the reinstated Memorandum to global health assistance furnished by all departments or agencies.
I further direct the Secretary of State to take all necessary actions, to the extent permitted by law, to ensure that U.S. taxpayer dollars do not fund organizations or programs that support or participate in the management of a program of coercive abortion or involuntary sterilization.
This article was posted: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 6:52 am