|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 14, 2020
|CONTACT: Mallory Quigley
Trump, Pompeo Build on Successful Efforts to Stop Exportation of Abortion on Demand Worldwide on American Taxpayers’ Dime
Washington, D.C. – Today the Trump administration proposed an expansion of President Donald Trump’s Global Protect Life Rule. The new rule would require that foreign organizations receiving global health aid through contracts from the U.S. government agree to not provide or promote abortions, even with funding from other sources.
President Trump’s Executive Memorandum, issued at the beginning of his presidency, reinstated and expanded the Mexico City Policy which stops U.S. taxpayer funding of the abortion industry overseas. The expanded, modernized policy, Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance (PLGHA) or the “Global Protect Life Rule,” applies to all foreign health assistance provided by government agencies.
The national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) praised the proposal in a statement:
“We thank President Trump and Secretary Pompeo for boldly defending life on the world stage. From day one they have championed innovative policies to protect unborn children and their mothers, as well as taxpayers,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser, who serves as national co-chair of Pro-Life Voices for Trump alongside Christina Bennett. “A recent State Department report proves definitively that the Trump administration’s pro-life policies are working. While a small handful of radical pro-abortion groups such as International Planned Parenthood Federation and Marie Stopes International refuse to comply and have forfeited their eligibility for funding, the overwhelming majority of grantees will continue providing much-needed health aid without sacrificing the dignity of unborn human life. This new proposed rule builds on that success, further preventing the big abortion industry from exporting abortion on demand around the world on American taxpayers’ dime.”
In August the U.S. State Department released a report on the implementation of the Global Protect Life Rule. The report found that only eight out of 1,340 prime awardees refused to comply with the policy, while efforts were made to avoid gaps in care through new partnerships.
Marist polling in January 2020 found that 76% of Americans oppose using taxpayer dollars to fund abortion abroad, including 61% of people who self-identify as pro-choice.
SBA List is tracking the pro-life accomplishments of the Trump-Pence administration, as well as the abortion extremism of the Biden-Harris ticket at www.LifeOnTheBallot.com.
SBA List is a network of 900,000 pro-life Americans nationwide, dedicated to ending abortion by electing national leaders and advocating for laws that save lives, with a special calling to promote pro-life women leaders. SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser is the author of “Life is Winning: Inside the Fight for Unborn Children and Their Mothers,” the inside story of how the pro-life cause went from being viewed as a political “problem” to a winning issue. The book is available in stores and online at www.lifeiswinningbook.com.