Pro-choice activists have largely rallied around the fledgling Biden administration, even if the president is not as fervently in favor of abortion as they might prefer.
An executive order signed by President Joe Biden on Thursday, however, constituted a big win for the industry, allowing U.S. taxpayer funds to aid international groups that perform or advocate for abortion services.
Progressives ridicule “global gag rule”
According to Newsmax, Biden’s move specifically rescinded the so-called Mexico City policy, which critics often refer to as the “global gag rule.”
The policy was first implemented by President Ronald Reagan nearly four decades ago and prevented the federal government from sending money to foreign groups that endorse or perform abortions. Since then, the policy has been rescinded by each subsequent Democratic president only to be reinstated or expanded by GOP commanders in chief.
President Donald Trump enacted a particularly strong form of the policy, halting the overwhelming majority of all federal funds to international pro-abortion organizations. Following his predecessors’ lead, Biden once again repealed the Republican version of the policy with a stroke of his pen this week.
“These excessive conditions on foreign and development assistance undermine the United States’ efforts to advance gender equality globally by restricting our ability to support women’s health and programs that prevent and respond to gender-based violence,” Biden said in defense of his decision, according to the Washington Examiner.
The president went on to claim that the “expansion of the policy has also affected all other areas of global health assistance,” in part by inhibiting the United States from confronting “serious health challenges such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria, among others,” in various corners of the world.
“Such restrictions on global health assistance are particularly harmful in light of the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic,” Biden concluded.
Biden makes his mark
His executive order included reinstating U.S. funding to the United Nations Population Fund, which had received tens of millions in taxpayer dollars until Trump cut it off over potential ties to abortions and even sterilizations being performed in China.
Biden also moved to withdraw America from the Geneva Consensus, an international accord that opposes abortion. The consensus was reached in October with the support of 34 nations, including the United States at the time.
The order itself was not surprising, given remarks made by Biden health adviser Anthony Fauci last week in which he forecast the repeal of the Mexico City policy in the near term.
For now, the United States is once again in support of abortion on a global scale. There is little that the average pro-life American can do about it — until the next election, that is.