WASHINGTON – The National Right to Life Committee today praised U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the Trump Administration for pledging to enforce, to the broadest extent possible, regulations under the “Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance” program that protect U.S. foreign aid funding from being used to pay for or promote abortion overseas.
In a press conference today, Secretary of State Pompeo announced that the U.S. State Department will refuse to work with any foreign non-governmental organization (NGO) engaged in the abortion business. The State Department will also refuse to fund foreign NGOs that give money to other foreign NGOs engaged in the international abortion industry.
“By ensuring enforcement and compliance with existing pro-life policies, Secretary of State Pompeo and the Trump Administration reaffirm their commitment to protecting innocent human life at home and abroad,” said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life. “We applaud Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for his dedicated pro-life leadership and for his efforts to ensure that taxpayer dollars are not used to fund or promote abortion overseas.”
In January 2017, President Trump reinstated the long-standing Mexico City Policy, and expanded it under the Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance program. Originally established by President Ronald Reagan in 1984, the Mexico City Policy ensures that “U.S. support for family planning programs is based on respect for human life, enhancement of human dignity, and strengthening of the family.” The Reagan Administration further noted that “Attempts to use abortion, involuntary sterilization, or other coercive measures in family planning must be shunned, whether exercised against families within a society or against nations within the family of man.”