The Trump administration on Monday formally proposed a new regulation to broaden the Mexico City Policy barring foreign organizations that receive federal global health funding from promoting or performing abortions overseas even if they do so with other funding sources.
The Department of Defense, General Services Administration and NASA expanded the Mexico City Policy to apply to contracts and subcontracts.
The policy currently enacted and expanded by the Trump administration, a regulation that has been rescinded and reinstated along party lines by presidents since Ronald Reagan, already applies to grants and cooperative agreements between the U.S. and foreign organizations.
But the proposed rule would apply to contracts, a major avenue in which a large share of global health funding is doled out.
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, “40% of global health funding obligated to prime recipients in recent years was provided through contracts.”
As President Donald Trump seeks to bolster support among pro-life voters and conservative voters of faith who care deeply about the abortion issue, an administration official told The Christian Post on Monday that the proposal is “yet another great example of the Trump administration continuing to fight for the right to life as the most pro-life administration ever.”
The proposal submitted to the Federal Register will undergo a two-month public comment period.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith