USAID undermining President Trump’s pro-life policies, funding abortion groups
Trump signs order defunding foreign abortions.
The U.S. International Agency for International Development (USAID) just gave a hefty grant to CARE, a global aid organization that is working to undermine the administration’s pro-life policies and to insert abortion into humanitarian situations worldwide.
While CARE trades on its neutrality on the issue of abortion to maintain U.S. funding, it also openly promotes, supports, and funds abortion as part of its operations. Sources say the organization was just awarded a $10 million grant from USAID, which includes promoting sexual and reproductive health for adolescent girls in Syria.
In a memo marked “confidential” CARE said it is deliberately undermining the effects of the president’s expanded Mexico City Policy, the Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance (PLGHA) policy. It said it is working with contacts, ostensibly including those within the administration, to delay the policy’s implementation and blunt its life-saving impact for women and children around the world.
CARE was founded in 1945 as “Cooperative for American Remittances to Europe.” The Atlanta-based organization changed its name to “Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere,” its legal name.
President Trump, in reinstating a rule first instituted by President Reagan, gave foreign nonprofits a stark choice: Stop providing abortions, or any information about abortions, or lose valuable dollars from the United States, the biggest global funder of family-planning services.
The move drew immediate denunciations from family-planning groups and their Democratic allies and praise from pro-life officials and Republicans.
Since its inception in 1984, the funding ban — officially known as the “Mexico City policy” and referred to as “the global gag rule” by its critics — has been repealed and reinstated every time a different political party has assumed power in the White House.
The rule stayed in place under President George H.W. Bush and then was rescinded by President Bill Clinton in January 1993. When President George W. Bush came into office in 2001, he imposed the rule that Jan. 22 — the 23rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court Case that legalized abortion in the United States. President Barack Obama lifted the rule eight years later.
Even when the rule has not been in effect, however, existing federal law has barred the use of U.S. funds to pay for abortions anywhere in the world.
The wording of the executive order raised the possibility that the rule will now apply to any of the government’s global health assistance. Previously, the rule was limited to State Department funding of family-planning programs.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said in a statement that Trump’s order “returns us to disgraceful era that dishonored the American values of free speech and inflicted untold suffering on millions of women around the world.”