U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday signed the Presidential Memorandum reinstating the “Mexico City” policy — barring U.S. aid from any group that provides or “promotes” abortion overseas.
The policy dates to 1984, when Ronald Reagan unveiled it at a United Nations Conference in Mexico City and it’s the President’s first official act on the abortion issue.
The President’s statement issued by the White House on the revocation read:
“I hereby revoke the Presidential Memorandum of January 23, 2009, for the Secretary of State and the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (Mexico City Policy and Assistance for Voluntary Population Planning), and reinstate the Presidential Memorandum of January 22, 2001, for the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (Restoration of the Mexico City Policy).
“I direct the Secretary of State, in coordination with the Secretary of Health and Human Services, to the extent allowable by law, to implement a plan to extend the requirements of the reinstated Memorandum to global health assistance furnished by all departments or agencies.
“I further direct the Secretary of State to take all necessary actions, to the extent permitted by law, to ensure that U.S. taxpayer dollars do not fund organisations or programmes that support or participate in the management of a program of coercive abortion or involuntary sterilisation.”
“The memorandum was not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person”.
“The Secretary of State is authorised and directed to publish this memorandum in the Federal Register.”
With the revocation, Trump has barred U.S federal funding for foreign NGOs that support abortion, relaunching a battle that has long divided Americans.