February 3, 2009
President Obama’s repeal of the Mexico City Policy is his least popular decision yet, a new Gallup poll reveals. President Obama rescinded the Mexico City Policy previously instated by other administrations on Jan. 23. The Jan. 30-Feb. 1 poll found that 58% of Americans are against his decision to repeal the policy.
President Reagan first established the pro-life Mexico City Policy in 1984. Named for the city where it was announced, the policy declared that American tax dollars would not fund international organizations involved in performing or promoting abortions abroad. After its rollback by President Clinton, President G.W. Bush reinstated the policy as his first executive order. President Obama reversed the policy through an executive order on Friday, January 23, 2009.