As announced Thursday, Jan. 21, by Dr. Anthony Fauci in a message to the World Health Organization (WHO), the Biden administration in the coming days will repeal former President Trump’s regulation that prohibits U.S. taxpayer dollars from being used to fund foreign organizations that practice or promote abortion.
Trump’s action was celebrated by the population that defends life and the rights of the unborn around the world, taking into account that the United States makes available $9 billion a year for foreign health assistance, which had been blocked for leftist pro-abortion movements around the world.
Now these movements will once again be able to access these funds from U.S. taxpayers, who, it should be noted, largely do not share pro-abortion policies.
Evelyne Opondo, Africa director of the Center for Reproductive Rights and a well-known pro-abortion activist, welcomed Biden’s decision and said, “I hope this will allow many clinics in Africa to reopen and save the lives of thousands of women.
Dr. Anthony Fauci announced the new administration’s decision in a statement to the WHO, saying that in an effort to protect women and children around the world, it had decided to “revoke the Mexico City Policy in the coming days, as part of his broader commitment to protect women’s health and advance gender equality at home and around the world.”
The legislation, popularly known as “Mexico City,” is a regulation that was imposed in the Reagan era, then rescinded and Trump re-activated it and even strengthened its scope.
The regulation was also expanded to disallow funding for foreign NGOs that provide funding to other foreign groups that support or promote abortions, in what has been described as “backdoor funding schemes.”
Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was another strong supporter of the legislation and repeatedly demonstrated his staunch support for the former president’s decision.
“We are also making clear, we will refuse to provide assistance to foreign NGOs that give financial support to other foreign groups in the global abortion industry,” former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in March 2019. “We will enforce a strict prohibition on backdoor funding schemes, American taxpayer dollars will not be used to underwrite abortions.”
During his campaign, Biden had already pledged to rescind the pro-life policy, his website reported. Former President Obama also rescinded Reagan’s initiative as soon as he took office.
President Donald Trump, in his election campaign for the 2016 elections, presented himself as a pro-life candidate and during the following four years the facts showed that he actually acted accordingly. In contrast Joe Biden, as Obama’s vice president, defended abortion and the large corporations that made an industry out of it.
In 2013, already in his second term as president of the United States, Barack Obama pledged to support Planned Parenthood against what he described as “efforts to turn back the clock on retrograde policies,” referring to the actions of some pro-life groups, as reported by Breitbart at the time.