Washington DC: Newly inaugurated President Donald Trump who signed his first executive order in White House confirming Defense Secretary James Mattis and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, went on to sign the third a few days later. On Monday, President Trump reinstated the Mexico City abortion rules. The same was repealed by former President Barack Obama some eight years ago.
Many people are wondering as to how the President of the United States has passed an order concerning a huge city that is not even part of the US. But don’t get confused by the name of Mexico City in the abortion rules.
It has nothing to do with Mexico and far removed from having anything to do with the proposed wall that Trump has planned to erect on the border with Mexico. It is a policy that gets rescinded or reinstated every time the presidency switches from Democrat to Republican, or vice versa.
Sean Spicer, White House Press Secretary, who is involved in constant showdown with the media facing the constant described it the end of “the use of taxpayer dollars to fund abortions overseas.”
It should be kept in mind that the policy was named for Mexico City because it was announced at the United Nations International Conference on Population in that location. It was signed into law by former President Ronald Reagan and went into effect in 1985.
Former President Obama rescinded it exactly eight years ago, on Jan. 23, 2009. While repealing the policy, the former President had said, “It is clear that the provisions of the Mexico City Policy are unnecessarily broad and unwarranted under current law, and for the past eight years, they have undermined efforts to promote safe and effective voluntary family planning in developing countries. For these reasons, it is right for us to rescind this policy and restore critical efforts to protect and empower women and promote global economic development.”
Mexico City abortion rule actually requires foreign non-governmental organizations to not provide or promote abortion services if they receive funds from the U.S. government. Specifically, the funds would come from the United States Agency for International Development, and abortion cannot be presented as a “method of family planning.” Promoting abortion services includes work such as counseling for women that includes language on abortions.