President Donald Trump has just done something abortion advocates will hate. And it’s only his first day in office.
The new president has signed an executive order to stop our tax dollars from going to international non-governmental organizations that kill or advocate killing unborn babies.
Is this the first step toward banning Planned Parenthood and other abortion facilities from receiving money from our incomes?
Sunday marked the 44th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, a case in which the high court discovered a previously hidden “right of privacy” for women to kill their unborn babies. Whether the president’s executive order was symbolic or pragmatic, it gives pro-lifers hope that Congress will ban all taxpayers’ money from going toward the destruction of the voiceless and vulnerable unborn.
The so-called Mexico City policy, established by Republican President Ronald Reagan in 1984, blocks federal funding for international family planning charities that provide abortions or “promote” the procedure by providing patients with information about it, including by offering referrals to abortion providers.
Referred to by critics as the “global gag rule”, the policy has been subjected to a game of political football over the years, with Democratic presidents rescinding the policy once in office and Republican presidents then reinstating it.
President Obama rescinded the policy when he took office in 2009.
Naturally, liberals hate it, calling it a “dangerous obsession” with the right to slaughter babies in the womb.
“President Trump’s reinstatement of the Global Gag Rule ignores decades of research, instead favoring ideological politics over women and families,” Senator Jeanne Shaheen said in a statement. “I will continue to stand up to President Trump and Republican leadership in Congress who are intent on rolling back women’s access to reproductive healthcare, and will introduce bipartisan legislation to repeal the Global Gag Rule for good.”
The executive order bodes well for the pro-life movement and especially well for the human beings in the womb who need our protection.
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