While President Donald Trump moves forward in implementing the Mexico City Policy, it hasn't hindered delivery of health assistance in foreign countries – much to the chagrin of pro-abortion groups that argued it would.
The Mexico City Policy bans the use of federal tax dollars for any organization in foreign countries that promotes or provides abortions. On Monday, the Trump administration expanded that, according to Jonathan Abbamonte of the Population Research Institute.
"Up until now, the Mexico City policy has only applied to global health assistance, meaning that it only applies to grants and cooperative agreements," he explains. "But now they're going to try to expand this to contracts as well."
In other words, if a foreign organization receives U.S. health assistance funding and then subcontracts to other groups, the subcontractors must also not be involved in promoting or providing abortions.
Abbamonte says the U.S. State Department has released a study showing that the restrictions on subcontractors have not hampered global health programs.
"They haven't really adversely affected women's health, they haven't adversely affected programs that provide assistance to people who are living with HIV or AIDS, [and] they haven't adversely affected nutrition programs or maternal and child health programs," he lists.
Relatively few organizations and subcontractors have refused to comply with U.S. demands and lost funding – but what has been accomplished is that no U.S. tax dollars are going to Planned Parenthood International, Marie Stopes International, or any other abortion providers to terminate the lives of preborn babies in foreign countries.