Secretary Of State Announces Crackdown On Foreign Aid Funding Of Abortion: Students For Life Praises New Pro-Life State Department Policy, Expansion of Mexico City Policy Taxpayer dollars should not be going to subsidize abortions, here or internationally. The Trump Administration should be commended for enforcing our policy against subsidizing abortions with taxpayer dollars” notes Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America. WASHINGTON, D.C. (3-26-19)-- Reacting to news that the State Department will be closing loopholes in the Mexico City policy and ensuring that sub-contractors do not commit abortions and receive taxpayer dollars, Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America, and an attendee at that State Department announcement, praised the news. “The Trump administration has been the most pro-life administration in history, and Secretary Pompeo and President Trump should be thanked for closing the loopholes that allowed NGOs to take our taxpayer dollars and give them to sub-contractors that commit or promote abortions. This is an 80-20 issue, and the American people have made it clear they do not want their taxpayer dollars subsidizing abortions. This step will start to rectify the mistakes we made in enshrining abortion into Kenya’s constitution, a grave mistake made by the Obama administration.” According to the announcement, NGOs will have to provide certification to the State Department that they are not involve with abortions.  This policy will close the 90 to 95% of the loopholes that allowed NGOs to skirt the Mexico City Policy’s prohibitions on taxpayer-funding of abortions through foreign aid dollars. Students for Life of America has been active internationally, including traveling to Ireland to fight against the country’s effort to repeal pro-life laws in 2018, and traveling to Australia just a few weeks ago to work with Australian pro-lifers on education and outreach. For questions or to set up interviews with Kristan Hawkins, please contact Kristi Hamrick at


Students for Life of America is the nation’s largest pro-life student organization, with over 1,220 groups in all 50 states on high school and college campuses.

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October 11, 2018