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President Biden to Fund International Abortion Industry

by | Feb 2, 2021

By Parliamentary Network for Critical Issues

In a January 28  Executive Order, President Biden began fulfilling the pro-abortion Blueprint for his administration beginning with elimination of President Trump’s Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance (an expansion of the Mexico City Policy.) 

Reversal of this policy means that the US, as the world’s largest health donor country with total global health funding for last year of $11.2 billion, can and will, now distribute funds to foreign NGOs working in population control and health that perform and promote abortion— most often in developing countries.

Sadly, Biden confirmed his deep pro-abortion position calling President Trump’s actions to provide life-affirming healthcare as “damaging”. Speaking from the Oval Office, he said his actions will “reverse my predecessor’s attack on women’s health access” and “undo the damage that Trump has done.”

Under Biden, the U.S. will now use taxpayer dollars to fund abortion industry giants International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) and Marie Stopes International (MSI). Last year IPPF stated that under President Trump’s pro-life policy it lost $100,000,000 in U.S. funding. MSI is seeking donations claiming that it “faces a funding shortfall of $13.5 million”.

According to President Biden,  abortion is part of “healthcare” and he directed that all agencies in the US government advance abortion as “healthcare” through foreign assistance.

His memorandum states, 

“The Secretary of State, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, the Administrator of USAID, and appropriate officials at all other agencies involved in foreign assistance shall take all steps necessary to implement this memorandum…”

Biden claims he seeks “to ensure that adequate funds are being directed to support women’s health needs globally, including sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights”—terms that include abortion—a word that he appears reluctant to say.

Rep. Chris Smith, chair of the House Pro-Life Caucus commented that President Trump’s Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance was critical to “ensuring U.S. taxpayers were not complicit in promoting abortions abroad, especially in countries with pro-life laws.”

He said, 

“Many countries throughout the world have been besieged by aggressive and well-funded campaigns to overturn their pro-life laws and policies. The Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance Policy was designed to mitigate U.S. taxpayer complicity in global abortion.”

Smith pointed to a new Marist poll showing that more than three-quarters of Americans oppose their tax dollars funding abortions in foreign countries. “Americans overwhelmingly oppose using U.S. foreign aid to subsidize abortion,” he stated.

U.S. Senator Steve Daines, chair of the Senate Pro-Life Caucus, stated

“President Biden’s decision to reverse critical pro-life policies at home and abroad shows a complete lack of respect for the sanctity of human life. These actions will enrich Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry at the taxpayers’ expense, while endangering the most vulnerable. The United States should not be promoting a radical abortion agenda throughout the world, we should be leading the fight to protect the unborn and all life.”

The U.S. Catholic bishops were swift with a response decrying Biden’s Executive Order.

Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities and Bishop David J. Malloy of Rockford, chairman of the Committee on International Justice and Peace, responded:

“It is grievous that one of President Biden’s first official acts actively promotes the destruction of human lives in developing nations. This Executive Order is antithetical to reason, violates human dignity, and is incompatible with Catholic teaching. We and our brother bishops strongly oppose this action. We urge the President to use his office for good, prioritizing the most vulnerable, including unborn children. As the largest non-government health care provider in the world, the Catholic Church stands ready to work with him and his administration to promote global women’s health in a manner that furthers integral human development, safeguarding innate human rights and the dignity of every human life, beginning in the womb. To serve our brothers and sisters with respect, it is imperative that care begin with ensuring that the unborn are free from violence, recognizing every person as a child of God. We hope the new administration will work with us to meet these significant needs.”

Biden also restored US funding to the United Nations Population Fund which had been stopped under President Trump due to its complicity with China’s coercive population policy. 

Another key pro-life action taken by the Trump administration was overturned as Biden ordered that the US withdraw from the pro-life “Geneva Consensus Declaration” led by the Trump administration and signed last year by 33 other countries, which asserted that “there is no international right to abortion, nor any international obligation on the part of States to finance or facilitate abortion.”

On the domestic side, Biden directed the Department of Health and Human Services to review and consider eliminating the Trump administration’s rule on Title X federal family planning program that removed tens of millions of dollars in grants to Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers. Legal constraints reportedly prevent Biden from rescinding the rule immediately.

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