The policy was first put in place by President Ronald Reagan in an effort to ensure that taxpayers were not required to indirectly fund abortion procedures performed in other countries. The policy has been undone via executive order by every subsequent democratic administration and reinstated by each republican one.
Abortion advocates and interest groups in the US oppose the Mexico City policy, Planned Parenthood, for instance, has labelled it a ‘global gag rule’.
During the presidential primary, the Biden campaign promised that his administration would undo the policy and permit US aid money to fund abortions.
But according to public-opinion polls, most Americans don’t want the US to fund abortions in other countries. A new poll out from Marist and the Knights of Columbus found that more than three-quarters of Americans oppose using US aid money to fund abortions overseas.
The same survey shows that voters in Biden’s own party disagree with him on this issue. A slight majority of democrats said they do not want the US funding global abortions, and nearly two-thirds of self-described pro-choice Americans agreed. Eighty-five per cent of independent voters, meanwhile, said they oppose US funding of overseas abortions.
Senator Steve Daines who founded and chairs the senate Pro-Life Caucus said in a statement that Biden’s pro-abortion orders show a complete lack of respect for the sanctity of human life.
“These actions will enrich Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry at the taxpayers’ expense while endangering the most vulnerable. The United States should not be promoting a radical abortion agenda throughout the world, we should be leading the fight to protect the unborn and all life, Daines added.
House minority leader Kevin McCarthy also criticized Biden’s move, “Killing unborn children isn’t health care, and violating the rights of conscience of millions of Americans by using taxpayer money to help promote abortions isn’t freedom of choice.
“The Biden Administration’s so-called unity agenda continues to fail the American people. These one-sided orders are another move by the current administration to appease the liberal activists and neglect the most basic moral and fundamental principles of our nation’s founding, McCarthy said in part of his statement.