The international pro-abortion community is a strong one, and tends to enjoy vast support from the thinly veiled population control efforts of the UN.
So “reproductive health” groups were in good company when they complained to the UN last week about how hard they’ve been hit by a well-established US policy that is routinely revived by Republican presidents.
This is the Mexico City Policy, which blocks federal funding to foreign organizations that provide abortion services.
That’s right–when Obama and Bill Clinton were in office, the US government was sending foreign aid to organizations to fund the murder of foreign babies. It is apparently not enough for Democrats to generously endow Planned Parenthood with millions of dollars in federal funding to kill American babies. They insist our tax dollars go to pay for the murder of babies across the globe as well.
I am disgusted too.
Trump did, in the tradition of his Republican predecessors, revive the Mexico City Policy, which has cut off several of these “reproductive health” organizations from funding that they’d grown used to. And they’re not happy.
Life Site News reports:
On Tuesday, the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE) released a report detailing what they charge are the harms of the Mexico City Policy, enacted by Republican administrations since President Ronald Reagan. The policy blocks U.S. funding for foreign organizations that advocate for or provide abortions. Under President Donald Trump, the policy was expanded from family planning to all global health funding and rebranded as Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance (PLGHA).
CHANGE refers to the policy as the “global gag rule” and acknowledges that most of those interviewed for the report would never refer to it by its official name, “finding the mere mention of it objectionable.”
The report launch featured several African speakers, including a representative of a Mozambique-based International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) affiliate that refused to comply with the new guidelines, costing them $2 million, or 60% of their budget.
Helene Chiquele, a gender program officer for Oxfam in Mozambique, spoke about how the country had relaxed its abortion restrictions in 2014, but the issue remains highly contentious among Mozambican people. According to Chiquele, the expanded Mexico City Policy has negatively impacted abortion advocacy. She says some in her country are asking, “Why are we considering losing [U.S. health assistance] money for the sake of abortion?”
All the speakers agreed that the loss of U.S. funding to abortion advocacy groups was having an impact on local politics, echoing previous admissions by the policy’s detractors that it is, in fact, effective.
This is, of course, to anyone who respects the sanctity of life, wonderful news. And don’t be fooled–abortion advocacy has always been met with serious pushback in Africa, the continent with the highest number of Christians who are vocal opponents to abortion and “alternative lifestyles.”
The fact that these organizations are shooting themselves in the foot by refusing to simply stop killing babies for the sake of receiving much-needed funding for actual health needs in Africa demonstrates perfectly exactly what their interest is in the region.
And it has nothing to do with health.