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Trump Makes the Global Gag Rule on Abortion Even Worse


In 1984, at a population conference in Mexico City, the Reagan Administration brought domestic abortion politics into the arena of international aid for the first time. The Administration declared that âthe United States does not consider abortion an acceptable element of family planning programs and will no longer contribute to those of which it is a part.â The so-called Mexico City Policy has been in effect for seventeen of the past thirty-two yearsâespoused by every Republican Administration, renounced under every Democratic one, including that of President Barack Obama. One of the policyâs requirements is that the United States not contribute to nongovernmental organizations that âperform or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning in other nations.â To receive American funding for any of their family-planning work, in other words, groups would have to promise that they wouldnât even speak of abortionâhence the nickname that the policyâs exasperated critics soon coined: the global gag rule.

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