Obama restores funds for overseas family planners

The Mexico City policy
Antiabortion religious leaders are criticizing President Obama’s decision to restore federal funding of international groups that provide abortions or information about the procedure.

“An administration that wants to reduce abortions should not divert U.S. funds to groups that promote abortions,” said Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia, who heads the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities.

The so-called Mexico City policy, which bans U.S. government aid to groups involved with abortions, was first enacted by President Ronald Reagan in 1984. President Bill Clinton rescinded the ban in 1993; President George W. Bush reinstated it in 2001.

 

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