by Patrick Goodenough, CNSnews:
The International Planned Parenthood Federation and Marie Stopes International, two major beneficiaries of U.S. funding, indicated Monday they will not comply with a newly-reinstated policy that prohibits federal funding for organizations that promote or perform abortions around the world.
The IPPF acknowledged it will lose $100 million U.S. tax dollars for its programs, but declared that it and its partners in 170 countries around the world “will not sign a policy that denies human rights and puts the lives of women at risk.”
Instead, the organization said it would “work with governments and donors to bridge the funding and service gaps” created by the U.S. policy, and “ensure that women can exercise their rights and access safe abortion and family planning.”
Marie Stopes International (MSI) received $30 million in U.S. funding last year, but said it could not agree to the restored U.S. funding restrictions, since it “knows that safe abortion is a vital component of women’s reproductive healthcare.”
“All the medical evidence, as well as everything we know from our daily interactions with women, is unequivocal,” said MSI vice-president Marjorie Newman-Williams. “If you take safe abortion services out of the reproductive healthcare package, it exposes women to risk.”
On his third day in office President Trump reinstated the Mexico City Policy, which requires non-governmental organizations receiving U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) funding to certify that they are not carrying out or promoting abortion – even if those activities themselves are funded by non-U.S. money.
The Reagan-era policy, which opponents call the “global gag rule,” was rescinded by President Clinton in 1993, restored by President Bush in 2001, and overturned again by President Obama in 2009.
Trump’s memorandum reinstating the policy was warmly welcomed by pro-life advocates.
“Thank you for making sure our hard-earned tax dollars aren’t used to fund or promote abortions abroad,” said Concerned Women for America president and CEO Penny Nance. “America has so much more to offer the world than death.”
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