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Biden Rescinds the Mexico City Policy

01/29/21

John Stonestreet

David Carlson

In 1984, President Reagan instituted the Mexico City Policy, which prohibits U.S. tax dollars from going to health organizations overseas that promote abortion. In 1993, President Clinton rescinded it. Ever since, the policy has been re-enacted by every Republican president and rescinded by every Democratic president

On Thursday, President Biden rescinded the policy and promised to push legislation to repeal it permanently.

President Biden also supports the repeal of the Hyde Amendment, which, except in limited cases, bars any direct federal funding of abortion. House Democrats have pledged to block any funding bill that includes the Hyde Amendment, while 200 House Republicans have vowed to never support a funding bill that doesn’t include the Hyde Amendment. 

In many ways, this all history repeating itself all over again. Still, this group of Democratic lawmakers lean further left than any group yet, and it’s not clear the President will be able to moderate them. Still, real progress to limit abortion can be made at the state level.

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