Washington D.C., Mar 26, 2019 / 14:22 pm America/Denver (CNA).
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Tuesday an expansion of the pro-life Mexico City Policy and the slashing of funds to the Organization of American States in response to its abortion advocacy.
These new policies are designed to ensure that taxpayer dollars are not used to fund abortion or the promotion of abortion abroad.
“The American people should rest assured that this administration – and this State Department, and our USAID – will do all we can to safeguard U.S. taxpayer dollars and protect and respect the sanctity of life for people all around the globe,” Pompeo said March 26.
The State Department “will take all appropriate action” to implement the Mexico City Policy “to the broadest extent possible,” the secretary added.
The Mexico City Policy is a Reagan-era policy that forbids the use of American taxpayer dollars to support foreign nongovernmental organizations that “perform or actively promote” the use of abortion as a form of family planning. Pompeo expanded on this definition, and announced new restrictions for funds.