Though largely predictable, President Joe Biden is planning a move that is sure to cause consternation among pro-life Americans.
Biden is reportedly set to end the so-called Mexico City policy, which blocks federal funding of abortions in foreign countries.
The decision represents one piece of the newly inaugurated commander in chief’s pro-choice agenda and stands in stark contrast to his predecessor.
According to National Review, detractors of the policy, which was first enacted by President Ronald Reagan, frequently refer to it as the “global gag rule.”
Although it has been implemented by subsequent Republican presidents, it has been consistently repealed by each Democrat in the White House.
The rule prevents U.S. taxpayer money from aiding foreign organizations that promote or perform abortion services, as The Hill explains. While he was in office, President Donald Trump expanded the policy to cover all global health aid when he brought the policy back as part of a broader agenda that earned him praise from pro-life advocates.
Biden’s reversal was heralded by Dr. Anthony Fauci, the infectious disease expert who has taken on a larger advisory role within the new administration.
“To that end, President Biden will be revoking the Mexico City policy in the coming days, as part of his broader commitment to protect women’s health and advance gender equality at home and around the world,” Fauci said.
The fight for life continues
Although this aspect of the president’s abortion policy is in keeping with previous Democratic presidents, the rest of Biden’s agenda hints at an even more radical stance on this hot-button issue.
For example, he is expected to institute a change in regard to the Hyde Amendment, a longstanding bipartisan law that blocks federal funding of abortions. Biden reversed his longtime support of the amendment on the campaign trail amid support from much of his party to end it completely.
He also plans to further codify the Supreme Court decision declaring abortion legal at the federal level and issued a statement on Friday that celebrated the 48th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade ruling, The Hill reports.
As a White House statement explained: “The Biden-Harris Administration is committed to codifying Roe v. Wade and appointing judges that respect foundational precedents like Roe.”