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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Trump administration's State Department today issued an expanded layer of protection in the Mexico City Policy preventing subcontractors from using American taxpayer dollars to perform or promote abortions overseas.
In January 2017, President Trump reinstated and expanded the pro-life taxpayer protections of the Mexico City Policy to include global health dollars, so that it would apply to nearly nine billion dollars in U.S. taxpayer funds to foreign non-governmental organizations. The policy ensures U.S. funds continue to go to health care, humanitarian relief, and even family planning; it only blocks funding to those groups that perform or promote abortion.
Family Research Council President Tony Perkins commented:
"The abortion industry is well known for relentlessly pursuing taxpayer dollars – and will exploit any opportunity to grab US taxpayer funds. Thankfully, President Trump and Secretary Pompeo are just as relentless in working to ensure taxpayers aren’t forced into a partnership with the abortion industry overseas.
“From day one, the Trump administration has set to work to build a wall between taxpayers and international abortion-on-demand. This president has gone beyond stopping the pro-abortion policies of Barack Obama. He is restoring and even expanding the pro-life policies of Ronald Reagan.
"Family Research Council and the pro-life movement will continue to work with President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in bringing about a culture of life in which every child is welcomed into this world and protected under our laws, both here and abroad," concluded Perkins.