US Broadens Pro-Life Stance

US Broadens Pro-Life Stance

Just days after assuming office–on Jan. 23, 2017–President Donald Trump restored a key pro-life policy.
He took executive action to restore the “Mexico City Policy”: in order to be eligible for certain types of foreign aid, a private organization must sign a contract promising not to perform abortions (except to save the mother’s life or in cases of rape or incest), not to lobby to change the abortion laws of host countries, or otherwise “actively promote abortion as a method of family planning.”
And now, scant weeks before the 2020 General Election, the Trump Administration has taken pro-life action again.
The U.S. State Department has proposed a new rule that expands the Mexico City Policy to federal government contractors and subcontractors. (Currently the policy, which blocks U.S. funding to abortion-promoting groups overseas, is limited to foreign organizations receiving global health assistance grants.)
Under the new rule, federal contractors would also be prohibited from performing or promoting abortion, even with funds from other sources. The impact will be significant, as 40% of global health funding to foreign organizations goes through government contracts.
U.S. registered contractors remain exempt. However, they are required to apply the policy to all foreign-based subcontractors. In addition to prohibiting the direct performing of abortion, the policy also restricts lobbying to change abortion laws and conducting public information campaigns about abortion as a method of family planning.
Abortion supporters have been vocal critics of the expanded policy, claiming vulnerable populations have suffered due to the closing of clinics and disruption in healthcare delivery.
Yet that has not been the case. A recent report reveals that just eight of 1,340 prime grant recipients and 47 sub-recipients rejected funding awards.