Trump Administration Moves to Close Abortion Funding Loopholes Overseas

Sep 19, 2020 by

by Lisa Correnti, C-Fam:

The Trump administration is taking additional steps to ensure foreign organizations that perform or promote abortion as a method of family planning do not receive U.S. taxpayer funding.

This week the U.S. State Department proposed a new rule that further expands so-called Mexico City Policy to federal government contractors and subcontractors. Currently the policy, which blocks U.S. funding to abortion-promoting groups overseas, is limited to foreign organizations receiving global health assistance grants.

Under the new rule, federal contractors would also be prohibited from performing or promoting abortion, even with funds from other sources.  The Kaiser Family Foundation estimates the impact to be significant, as 40% of global health funding to foreign organizations goes through government contracts.

U.S. registered contractors remain exempt.  However, they are required to apply the policy to all foreign-based subcontractors. In addition to prohibiting the direct performing of abortion the policy also restricts lobbying to change abortion laws and conducting public information campaigns about abortion as a method of family planning.

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