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Trump executive order reinstates ‘Mexico City policy’

January 23, 2017

President Donald Trump has signed an executive order banning the use of federal funds to promote abortion overseas.

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The executive order reinstates the “Mexico City policy” that was first adopted by President Reagan, blocking the flow of taxpayer money to organizations that use the funds for abortions. The policy was rescinded by President Clinton, reinstated by President Bush, and rescinded again by President Obama—all by executive orders issued soon after they took office.

Trump’s action fulfills a campaign promise to pro-life supporters. The executive order does not yet fulfill Trump’s promise to cut off all federal funding for Planned Parenthood.


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  • Posted by: [email protected] - Jan. 23, 2017 10:32 PM ET USA

    Great. Eight years overdue. Let's see more.

  • Posted by: unum - Jan. 23, 2017 5:43 PM ET USA

    Rather than the “Mexico City policy”, we need legislation from the "Conservative Republican Congress" to prevent foreign aid funds from being used for abortion. The promised bill to cut off funds to Planned Parenthood would be an excellent vehicle for the "Mexico City" legislation!

  • Posted by: rpp - Jan. 23, 2017 5:42 PM ET USA

    Skeptical of Trump, but this makes me hopeful.

  • Posted by: hartwood01 - Jan. 23, 2017 5:34 PM ET USA

    Baby steps,at least.