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Three days after being inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States, Donald Trump has signed an executive order that restricts abort!on funding with U.S. dollars.
According to the Huffington Post and numerous other national media outlets, the 70-year-old Republican Commander in Chief of the American government signed off on a federal regulation today (January 23rd), which reinstated the so-called Mexico City policy.
This executive order is also known as the “global gag rule” and was first signed into action by the Reagan Administration in 1984. In that year, Ronald Reagan, the late 40th president of the United States signed off the Mexico City policy to show his party’s strong opposition to Roe v. Wade.
This executive order prohibits the allocation of monies to global, non-government organizations, which provide or serve as advisory sources to people seeking family planning methods and women looking for reproductive health choices. Furthermore, the Mexico City policy also bans U.S.-based funding to such organizations if they are abort!on providers.
Amanda Terkel, a Senior Political Reporter for the Huffington Post wrote the following in her Monday online news article about how Trump’s reinstatement of the Mexico City policy could affect women who live outside of America:
“Trump’s executive order has severe implications and could be deadly for women and girls in developing countries and conflict zones, who often resort to dangerous methods of ending their pregnancies when they lack access to safe abort!on.” (The Huffington Post)
Enforcement of the Mexico City policy has been largely dependent on the political party of the American president who is elected to The White House. Since Reagan first enacted the executive order, it has been signed back into law by all of the former Republican presidents and signed out of law by the former Democratic presidents.
However, no restrictions within the Mexico City policy have led to the overturning of Roe v. Wade, the historic pro-choice 1973 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, which gave women the legal right to choose abort!on as a reproductive health care option.