In one of his first actions as president, Donald Trump signed an executive order restoring a ban on federal tax dollars that have been promoting and subsidizing abortions overseas. The funding would continue to be distributed to health organizations that provide valuable and lifesaving health care but which do not promote or provide abortion services.
“This is a very significant first action for our new President. The fact that he choose this action during his first week in office buoys the spirits of pro-lifers across our state and nation,” stated NJ Family Policy Council President Len Deo. “Especially during the week when hundreds of thousands of friends of life will head to the nation’s Capitol this coming Friday for the annual March for Life. This gives us great hope that the lives of the unborn will once again be valued and respected and that federal dollars will not be used to fund the likes of Planned Parenthood, the nations’ leading abortion provider.
The ban originated in 1984 when President Ronald Reagan signed a memorandum known as the “Mexico City Policy” during a NATO conference in Mexico City. The ban was rescinded by President Bill Clinton in 1993, reinstated by President George W. Bush in 2001, and again rescinded by President Barack Obama in 2009. According to the Guttmacher Institute, the U.S. federal budget includes $607.5 million for reproductive health in foreign countries.
Meanwhile, Congress is grappling with the issue of federal funding for abortions within the United States. Despite the fact that several pro-life provisions (most notably the Hyde Amendment) have banned federal tax dollars from paying for abortions in this country, the Affordable Care Act, or "ObamaCare," established several subsidies and requirements that circumvent these longstanding laws. The “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” which would counteract such provisions, is expected to be considered this week.