PolitiFact Examines Sen. Shaheen’s Statement Regarding Broader Implications Of Trump’s Mexico City Policy
PolitiFact: Yes, Trump’s ‘Mexico City’ abortion policy puts global health money at risk
“…On the Senate floor, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., warned that Trump’s version [of the Mexico City policy] was even more extreme than those of his GOP predecessors. ‘Previously, under President Reagan and the Bush administrations, this policy applied only to family planning funding,’ Shaheen said. ‘But under President Trump’s order, it applies to every program that falls under global health assistance. This means that it puts at risk 15 times more funding and millions more women and families.’ We compared the policies of all four Republican presidents and found that on paper, Shaheen’s number is largely correct, but there’s uncertainty surrounding Trump’s policy. … [Jennifer Kates, vice president and director of global health and HIV policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation,] said that in theory, Trump’s policy puts a lot more funding on the line. ‘Whereas family planning assistance represents about $600 million per year, global health funding overall is close to $10 billion,’ Kates said. … The White House has not clarified how it will interpret the policy. … Given what we know so far, we rate this claim Mostly True” (Greenberg, 2/1).