New Report Shows Most NGOs Agreed to Comply With Trump Administration’s Policy Banning Funding for Overseas Abortions

A pro-life demonstrator holds up a sign during the 2020 March for Life in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 24, 2020. | The Christian Post

A new report compiled by several federal agencies has concluded that the implementation of pro-life policies by the Trump administration has not had a negative impact on the distribution of healthcare aid to nongovernmental organizations operating in foreign countries.

The State Department, in collaboration with the Departments of Defense, Health and Human Services, and the United States Agency for International Development, released the Review of the Implementation of the Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance Policy Tuesday.

“The Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance (PLGHA) Policy aims to ensure that U.S. taxpayer funding does not support foreign non-governmental organizations that perform or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning,” a press release announcing the report’s publication explained.

“This review reaffirms that the United States can continue to meet its critical global health goals, while protecting life abroad through its global health assistance programs.”

Less than a week after taking office in 2017, President Donald Trump reinstated the Mexico City Policy, which required foreign NGOs that receive funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development to promise not to “perform or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning or provide financial support to any other organization that conducts such activities.”

Trump expanded the Mexico City Policy to create the PLGHA, which extends the ban on the performance and promotion of abortions to NGOs receiving grants and cooperation agreements from the Departments of Defense, Human Services, and State.

“The vast majority of the U.S. government’s implementing partners accepted the PLGHA standard provision when presented with it,” the review found.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Ryan Foley