The global gag rule, also known as the Mexico City policy
, was devised by the Reagan administration in 1984 to impose an expansive set of antiabortion rules on the overseas family planning program.
Hackett's background in overseas international aid reflects a mixture of policy positions, ranging from a 2010 letter to Congress in support of the Mexico City Policy
, which prevented US-funded organizations from performing or referring for abortion, to a 2008 letter produced by ORS under his leadership, which stated that affiliated charities should give information on condoms, which are "highly effective when used correctly.
When Obama shredded the Mexico City Policy
, he opened the floodgate of taxpayer funds to pro-abortion NGOs (i.
and a small group of Democratic lawmakers are seeking to enact federal legislation that would prevent a future president from reinstating the Mexico City Policy
, also known as the global gag rule.
The Mexico City Policy
was in effect from 1985 until 1993, when it was rescinded by President Clinton.
In thanking Obama for repealing the Mexico City Policy
, also known as the "global gag rule," APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP (E), noted that the policy change will "allow international family planning organizations to provide comprehensive reproductive health services and information, including abortion in countries where it is legal, without fear of losing their funding.
Obama overturns, by Executive Order, the Mexico City Policy
of previous presidents that forbids the funding of abortions and abortion groups outside US boundaries.
1) In a statement released the following day, President Obama said "It is clear that the provisions of the Mexico City Policy
are unnecessarily broad and unwarranted under current law, and for the past eight years, they have undermined efforts to promote safe and effective voluntary family planning in developing countries.
That policy was known as the Mexico City policy
because Reagan announced it at a 1984 United Nations population conference in Mexico City.
Abortion rights opponents and groups who support the Mexico City Policy
dispute this view, with Charmaine Yoest, the president of anti-abortion group Americans United for Life, telling Reuters that US taxpayers should not "bailout" the "abortion industry".
Also known as the Mexico City policy
, the ban has been reinstated and reversed by Republican and Democratic presidents since Reagan established it in 1984.
Reproductive rights advocates also are hopeful that the new president will eliminate the Mexico City policy
or "global gag rule," which bars nongovernmental organizations that receive U.