International abortion providers were dealt a devastating blow by the Trump administration on Monday. The White House announced that nearly $9 billion hangs in the balance as Trump’s executive order prohibiting groups that provide abortion counseling to receive U.S. aid goes into effect.
The so-called Mexico City policy, versions of which have been in fitful use since 1984, was significantly expanded by the current administration. The policy also referred to as the global gag rule blocks federal aid to groups associated with abortions. In order to receive the promised health funds, nongovernmental groups must prove their commitment to facilitating healthy pregnancies.
Unsurprisingly the left is outraged. Pro-choice activists used the poor logic often seen among rabid liberals to claim that the policy change would have dire consequences.
“Today, the Trump administration confirmed our worst fears regarding this new, drastically expanded global gag executive order,” Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) said. “This administration’s pathetic re-branding of this policy is a thinly veiled attempt to hide the tremendous harm it has around the world. President Trump’s dangerous obsession with rolling back reproductive rights has severe consequences for millions of vulnerable women and children, and grossly undermines our nation’s humanitarian leadership around the globe.”
The president isn’t attempting to cut off women’s access to their healthcare providers, nor is he cutting foreign aid. He’s only ensuring that our taxpayer money is used to provide services that align with American values.
Abortion is a highly contentious issue, and millions of Americans are vehemently opposed to it. It’s not reasonable to force those people to pay for a medical practice that they deem to be abhorrent.
“The pro-life policy will apply to global health assistance funding for international health programs, such as those for HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health, malaria, global health security, and family planning and reproductive health,” a White House official told Christian Broadcasting Network News.
Trump’s presidency has been incredibly responsive. Trump has shown himself to be bold and decisive. His campaign promises weren’t idle words. The new policy, officially known as “Protecting Life In Global Health Assistance,” will provide access to better family planning for millions of women. The pro-life movement has been reinvigorated.
“This executive order does not cut a single penny from U.S. aid, rather it simply ensures our hard-earned tax dollars are used by other health-care entities that act consistently to save lives, rather than promoting and performing abortion. Abortion is not health care,” Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List said in a statement.
Approved by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the policy emphasizes the health of mother and child. It’s a victory for conservatives, many of whom suffered under the Obama administration’s pro-abortion agenda.
The official wording 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.”
The Democrat’s slander that the president doesn’t care about women’s rights is demonstrably false. The entire purpose of the new policy is to help women have safe and secure pregnancies without being pressured into an option that could potentially make them feel uncomfortable.
“Foreign NGOs that agree not to perform or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning, or provide financial support to any other foreign non-governmental organization that conducts such activities, will remain eligible for global health assistance funding,” a White House official told CBNN.