Today, President Trump signed an executive order, reinstating the controversial “Mexico City Policy.” The order says that no U.S. funding can go to NGOs around the world that provide abortions or even give referrals for women seeking abortions. The rule does not effect abortions in cases of incest, rape or when the mother’s life may be in danger.
USAID currently gives about $600 million aid to organizations in countries around the world that provide health and reproductive services to women and families, with the ultimate goal of reducing mortality rates for infants and mothers.
The move isn’t a major surprise. The policy was first created by the Reagan administration, was tossed out by President Clinton, revived by President Bush and once again removed by President Obama—who, like Trump, signed the order in the days after he took office.