Few Foreign Aid Groups Reject Mexico City Policy, Trump Administration Reports; Analysts Warn Of Incomplete Picture Of Impact

Associated Press: U.S. says abortion gag rule cost only 4 organizations funding
“The Trump administration said Wednesday that only four international organizations and a dozen of their local partners have refused to accept new rules for spending U.S. assistance that ban health care funds from being used to promote or perform abortions overseas. The International Planned Parenthood Federation is among those that declined. The administration said that out of 733 organizations whose funding came up for renewal under the new restrictions, 729 had agreed to the rules and had their grants approved as of the end of the last budget year in September. Another roughly 500 grants had not been subjected to the new criteria as of Sept. 30, 2017, but will before the end of the current fiscal year, it said…” (Lee, 2/7).

NPR: Few Groups Reject Abortion-Restricted U.S. Global Health Funds
“…[O]pponents of the policy caution that the administration’s statistics offer too incomplete a picture to draw conclusions about the policy’s impact. … Analysts also caution that many of the grantees covered by the administration’s statistics are essentially U.S.-based pass-through groups — meaning they ultimately pass on their U.S. aid money to foreign partners on the ground. … The administration reports that it is aware of at least 12 such sub-grantees that have refused as of last September. Perhaps most significantly, the review did not include any information about whether or not the policy has led to a reduction in health services for poor people. Officials said they would continue to monitor the policy’s implementation, and issue another review by end of this year…” (Aizenman, 2/7).