During President Trump’s campaign one of the many stances that he took was being against abortion. Many conservative supporters expressed their hesitancy to give him their support because he had been a lifelong member of the Democratic Party. As you well know, the party platform is pro-choice. If there are any supporters who have remained skeptical of President Trump’s pro-life stance, his actions today should remove all doubt.
One of the executive orders President Trump signed today reinstated what is known as the “Mexico City Policy” which effectively bans the use of American taxpayer funds to promote or provide abortion services in foreign countries by organizations that are non-governmental. It may or may not be coincidence that the ban was implemented only one day after the landmark Supreme Court decision (Roe v. Wade) that effectively legalized abortion procedures in America. The original policy stated that any non-governmental organization in a foreign country that wished to receive any American government funding “would neither perform nor actively promote abortion as a method of family planning in other nations.”
According to CBS News the “Mexico City Policy” was given its name after being implemented by President Ronald Reagan during a United Nations conference in 1984 when the policy was first announced. Under the presidency of George H.W. Bush the policy remained intact, only to be revoked in 1993 when President Bill Clinton was elected. After George W. Bush became president he reinstated the ban in 2001, only for it to be revoked yet again when Barack Obama took office in 2009.
When the policy was reinstated in 2001 President George W. Bush said, “It is my conviction that taxpayer funds should not be used to pay for abortions or advocate or actively promote abortion, either here or abroad.”
Both President Clinton and President Obama said the anti-abortion measure was “excessively broad” and “unwarranted” as the reason for revoking it.
According to The Washington Post, Trump’s re-implementation of the policy means that nonprofit groups working in foreign countries will have to decide whether they want to either continue to receive federal funding from U.S. taxpayers or continue to promote abortion as “family-planning” counseling, as they will no longer be able to do both.
President George W. Bush’s assessment that taxpayer funds should not be used to fund abortions at home or abroad is how every American, conservative or otherwise, should feel. The American taxpayer should not have to bear the financial burden of those who exercise poor judgement and then seek to have an abortion.