Several pro-life leaders rejected President Joe Biden’s announcement Thursday, Jan. 28, that he will rescind the Mexico City Policy, which prevents taxpayer money from funding abortions overseas.
“Rescinding the Mexico City Policy on the eve of the March for Life is a deeply disturbing move, especially when the president says he wants national unity,” said Jeanne Mancini, president of the March for Life in a statement.
In a presidential memorandum, President Biden announced Thursday that he will immediately rescind the Mexico City policy through a newly signed order to repeal the law pushed through under the Donald Trump administration.
The order means that NGOs offering pregnancy termination treatments outside U.S. borders will now continue to be funded by the U.S. government, even if it involves health risks or if they are found to be subjecting patients to abortions.
Mancini cited a Knights of Columbus/Marist poll released Wednesday showing that more than three out of four Americans oppose funding abortions overseas with taxpayer dollars.
“It goes against the wishes of an overwhelming majority of Americans,” the Mancini added.
“The government should never force taxpayers to fund abortions, either here or abroad, but should work to protect the inherent dignity of all persons, born and unborn,” Mancini continued.
Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the NGO Susan B. Anthony List, criticized that both President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, have promised to unify the nation but at the same time decide to reverse the Mexico City Policy, which “contradicts” the idea of unity.
“Americans across the political spectrum oppose the use of taxpayer funding to promote abortion and abortion businesses,” Dannenfelser said via a statement.
“Despite this, the new administration is moving forward with a payout to the abortion industry that backed their political campaign,” she added.
Planned Parenthood, the leading abortion company of international stature showed its support for Biden’s campaign last year. Interim President Alexis McGill Johnson said, “For us, and for so many, the choice is clear. Planned Parenthood Action Fund is endorsing Joe Biden for president,” he said, according to Forbes magazine.
Biden, who openly considers himself a Catholic, has received criticism from that sector for his support of abortion, despite the Catholic Church’s widespread opposition.
In a statement Thursday, Catholic Vote President Brian Burch highlighted the contradictions between Biden’s actions and Catholic teaching.
“The decision is especially shameful given the repeated insistence that Joe Biden is a ‘devout’ Catholic, even by his own press secretary as recently as last week when asked about this policy,” Burch noted.
Last week, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Archbishop José Horacio Gómez, questioned the role of Joe Biden’s administration in “promoting moral evils and threatening human life and dignity.”