In Mostly Symbolic Gesture, Senate Panel Votes To Overturn Trump’s Mexico City Policy
The rule prevents federal family planning assistance from going to foreign nongovernmental organizations that promote or provide abortions. But it's unlikely the measure will make it into the final funding bill.
Senate Appropriators Rebuke Trump On Abortion Policy
Senate appropriators on Thursday dealt a twofold rebuke to the Trump administration on abortion policy, though it is almost certain the changes won't become law. The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a fiscal 2018 foreign relations funding bill containing language that would undo a Trump administration prohibition on funding for nongovernment organizations that perform or promote abortion. (Haberkorn, 9/7)
Senate Panel Votes To Reverse Mexico City Policy, Signaling Support For Global Family-Planning Assistance
In a move likely to prove only symbolic, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted on Thursday to overturn the Mexico City Policy, which President Trump announced in January he would reinstate and which the State Department formalized in May. The policy, put in place by Republican presidents and nullified by Democratic ones for three decades, prevents federal family planning assistance from reaching foreign nongovernmental organizations that promote or provide abortions. The policy as announced by the State Department in the spring went a step further by prohibiting any global health assistance from going to these foreign NGOs. (Facher and Swetlitz, 9/7)