Trump broadens pro-life Mexico City Policy

Shortly after President Trump was inaugurated in January of this year, he fulfilled one of this campaign promises to reinstate the Mexico City Policy.

Today, President Trump expanded the policy to make it even more pro-life, announcing the “Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance” plan. The broadened policy states:

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.

David Brody at the Christian Broadcasting Network, broke the story and explained the importance:

So that’s why on Monday, the State Department will announce this new plan called “Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance” in which nearly $9 billion in global health assistance funds will be appropriated to the Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE.

There’s a reason the Department of Defense is in ALL CAPS. That’s because the difference here is that in previous versions of the Mexico City Policy, the funds only applied to family-planning assistance provided by USAID and the Department of State. That was roughly $600 million. Now, it’s much more expansive as the Trump administration applies the policy to a much wider pool of money ($8.8 billion) within federal agency programs and includes Department of Defense programs as well.

A White House official tells me, “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.” …

The non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that refuse to agree to the pro-life, “Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance” guidelines will lose out on the money, but the funds will be given to other organizations that do comply. A White House Official makes the following clear: “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.”

This is a huge deal and yet another example of why elections matter, why voting pro-life matters. Sure, we have big goals like abolishing abortion in our lifetime, but the smaller accomplishments along the way also save many lives and are well-worth our pro-life efforts.