On Monday, President Donald Trump reinstated Ronald Reagan’s “Mexico City Policy’’ also known by critics as the “Global Gag Rule,’’ which bans the U.S. from giving federal money to international groups that perform abortions or provide information on the option.
While some women’s rights advocates are blasting the president over the move, pro-life activist Dr. Alveda King says “Thank you President Trump.”
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To the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the president’s support of the policy demonstrates that the new Commander-In-Chief cares “enough about the lives of women, mothers and children” to sign the executive order first put in place in 1984.
“The die is cast and the path is clear for America to learn that abortion is not health care. Abortion kills babies and all too often harms the wombs, health, psyche and souls of mothers,” says King, director of Civil Rights for the Unborn.
“By reinstating the ‘Mexico City Policy,’ which saves the lives of thousands of babies and women, President Trump is raising the bar for genuine concern for the lives and health of mothers and our children.”
Trump signed it one day after the 44th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision that legalized abortion in the United States, the date on which presidents traditionally take action on the policy.
It also prohibits taxpayer funding for groups that lobby to legalize abortion or promote it as a family planning method.
The move was predictably polarizing.
The abortion rights group NARAL condemned the decision as “repressing women.”
“With this action, Donald Trump has turned his anti-women rhetoric into policy, and made it more difficult for women and families all over the world to access vital reproductive care,” said NARAL president Ilyse Hogue. “He really is living up to the lowest of expectations.”
The “Mexico City Policy was rescinded by the Obama administration in 2009.