Last year, President Trump reinstated the Mexico City Policy (MCP), causing quite a stir among pro-choice advocates globally. Reinstating MCP would stop U.S. taxpayer money from being used to fund abortion overseas. On February 6, the State Department released a report on the implementation of the updated MCP, which showed that all but four of 733 grantees agreed to stop promoting abortion.
The MCP, rechristened as the Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance (PLGHA) Policy, is a huge victory for pro-life people in the U.S. and abroad. This means $8.8 billion which was used for promoting abortion through family planning services in countries in need of development assistance will from now on receive assistance in projects that focus on real solutions.
Ever since the Presidential Memorandum reinstating MCP was issued last year, misinformation has been spread in both the U.S and abroad through pro-choice news media, claiming that this action endangers millions of people globally from having access to healthcare services under the tag “Global Gag Rule.” The truth is the exact opposite.
Marjorie Dannenfelser, the President of SBA List, a national pro-life group specializing in policy research and advocating for pro-life legislation, commented, “The Trump administration’s pro-life policy has not reduced foreign assistance by a dime, but instead ensures that U.S. international aid partners act consistently to save lives, rather than promoting and performing abortion.”
Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance applies to funds appropriated to the Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the Department of Defense. 99.5 percent of the recipients agreed to implement the policy change and complied with halting their promotion of abortion — the exceptions were the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) and Marie Stopes International. It is a well-known fact that both of these organizations’ foremost agenda is to promote abortion, and they thrive on abortion being their major business.
Both organizations are actively involved in expanding abortion access and lobbying for abortion on demand around the world. Both are involved in dumping abortifacients into poor countries when those countries are truly in need food, safe drinking water, sanitation facilities, electricity and education. Case in point: the IPPF affiliate in Guyana challenged the existing law around medical abortion in the country in 2014. By 2016, Guyana had changed its laws concerning medical abortion to allow even midwives and pharmacists to provide medical abortion, risking the lives and health of thousands of Guyanese women who are in need of real health care services. Since then, the medical abortions performed in Guyana doubled in just one year.
Former abortionist Dr. Anthony Levatino explains the process of medical abortion (abortion pill) in the video below:
Reports show that in 2016, IPPF had committed 1.5 million abortions. That same year, Marie Stopes International committed 3.6 million abortions; out of these, they committed 1.2 million abortions in India, 1.5 million in African countries, and half a million in Bangladesh and Myanmar.
The implementation of the new PLGHA policy not only saves millions of lives across the world but will restore faith in America’s moral leadership in protecting the dignity of human life — especially in present critical times where almost 8 million abortions per year are committed in Africa and 16 million per year in India. The PLGHA policy does have certain exemptions like rape, incest, and risk to mother’s life or health.
The remaining 500+ grantees will come under scrutiny when they are due to receive new funding, which will be by the end of this year.