Target: President Donald Trump
Goal: Allow international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that are federally funded to discuss and provide abortions.
President Trump has reinstated the so-called ‘Mexico City Policy,’ which bans international NGOs that receive federal funding from providing or discussing abortions. It has been illegal for international NGOs to use federal funds for abortion procedures since 1973. However this law applies even if no federal funding is directly used to discuss or perform abortions.
The federal government gives over $3 billion each year through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to NGO health providers throughout the world, as well as funding from the State Department and other initiatives. Re-enacting this policy will force healthcare providers working with some of the most vulnerable people to choose between providing safe abortions and a major source of funding.
Restricting access to abortions does not prevent abortion but does increase the number of unsafe abortions. Unsafe abortions claim tens of thousands of lives each year. This ineffective policy will compromise the health of women and families throughout the world in order to score domestic political points with certain demographics. Sign our petition and demand that President Trump reverse his decision to reinstate the Mexico City Policy.
Dear President Trump,
I was appalled to hear that, as one of your first acts in office, you reinstated the Mexico City Policy, banning international NGOs that receive federal funding from providing and discussing abortions. As you must know, this will not prevent any federal funds from funding abortions worldwide, as there is already a law banning the use of federal funds for abortions by international NGOs. It will however force health providers serving some of the most vulnerable and impoverished communities to choose between providing effective healthcare or receiving a major source of funding.
Banning abortion does not stop abortions from happening; it only makes the abortions that do happen less safe. Unsafe abortions claim the lives of tens of thousands of women each year. Policies that restrict access to safe abortions and access to information regarding abortions are not good policies, achieving nothing more than higher levels of infant and maternal mortality. I urge you to reverse your decision and repeal the Mexico City Policy.
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