Mexico City Policy

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The Mexico City Policy prevents government funds from going to supporting foreign non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that actively promote or perform abortions in foreign nations, such as International Planned Parenthood.

President Ronald Reagan first instituted this policy in 1984, but Democrat Presidents, namely Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, have rescinded it when they are in office. On January 23, 2017, soon after taking office, Donald Trump signed an order reinstating the policy.[1][2] However, unlike previous administrations, the Trump Administration expanded the policy to include all global health assistance funding.[3]

On May 15, 2017, the Trump Administration massively broadened the scope of the Mexico City Policy to include any international health organization that performs or gives information about abortions, expanding the amount of money affected from $600,000 to nearly $9 billion.[4][5]


  1. LaBarbera, Peter (January 23, 2017). BREAKING: Trump signs order defunding International Planned Parenthood, foreign abortions. LifeSite News. Retrieved January 23, 2017.
  2. Hellman, Jessie (January 23, 2017). Trump reinstates ban on US funds promoting abortion overseas. The Hill. Retrieved Janaury 23, 2017.
  3. Berry, Susan (April 24, 2017). Trump and Pence Keeping Pro-Life Promises in First 100 Days. Breitbart News. Retrieved April 24, 2017.
  4. Trump expands ban on funding abortions overseas. Fox News. May 15, 2017. Retrieved May 15, 2017.
  5. Richardson, Bradford (May 15, 2017). Trump cuts all health care aid to international groups performing or promoting abortion. The Washington Times. Retrieved May 15, 2017.

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