Secretary Of State Pompeo Announces Expansion Of Mexico City Policy, Enforcement Of Siljander Amendment

The Guardian: Trump expands global gag rule that blocks U.S. aid for abortion groups
“The Trump administration has expanded its ban on [global health] funding for groups that conduct abortions or advocate abortion rights, known as the global gag rule [or Mexico City policy] … The extension of the policy announced by [Secretary of State Mike] Pompeo would not only cut funding to foreign non-governmental organizations directly involved in abortions or abortion rights advocacy, but also those who fund or support [with non-U.S. money] other groups which provide or discuss abortion…” (Borger, 3/26).

New York Times: U.S. Expands Anti-Abortion Policies With New Overseas Funding Rules
“The Trump administration will withhold [global health] funding from foreign nongovernmental organizations that give [non-U.S.] money to foreign groups that perform abortions, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday. … Mr. Pompeo also said the government was ‘fully enforcing’ a law that prohibits groups from using United States aid to lobby on abortion issues. ‘We will enforce a strict prohibition on backdoor funding schemes and end-runs around our policy,’ Mr. Pompeo said. ‘American taxpayer dollars will not be used to underwrite abortions.’ The move builds on a 2017 announcement by the Trump administration that it was reinstating and expanding the so-called Mexico City policy. … In his announcement, Mr. Pompeo said American officials had become aware that a group under the Organization of American States had engaged in abortion rights advocacy. … The United States would reduce funding to the organization as punishment, Mr. Pompeo added…” (Wong, 3/26).

POLITICO: Trump beefs up funding ban aimed at abortion providers overseas
“…Jen Kates, director of global health policy for the Kaiser Family Foundation, said that her organization was still reviewing … Pompeo’s announcement… The Trump administration’s earlier expansion of the Mexico City policy already has affected a ‘significant amount of funding and a large number of NGOs,’ she said…” (Toosi/Diamond, 3/26).

Wall Street Journal: Trump Administration Expands Global Anti-Abortion Policy
“…The Trump administration expanded the policy to cover billions in federal funding for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, known as PEPFAR, as well as global health-assistance funding from other agencies. However, Mr. Pompeo said some organizations have attempted to get around the U.S. policy by providing [non-U.S.] funds to other organizations that promote or perform abortions. He said ‘further refinements’ would prevent organizations from violating the spirit of the presidential directive…” (McBride, 3/26).

Washington Post: Pompeo cuts OAS funds over advocacy of legal abortion
“…Groups that provide health care said the expansion in Trump’s executive order [reinstating the Mexico City policy] imperils care for women and children, especially in rural areas where there are few alternative providers. They say that leads to more pregnancies, including unwanted ones that end in unsafe abortions. Pompeo dismissed that argument as ‘just wrong’ and said the contention they were setting up conditions for more abortions was ‘perverse on its face.’ Several antiabortion groups have campaigned for funding cuts to the OAS over the abortion rights advocacy practiced by some of its subgroups…” (Morello, 3/26).

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