Trump Ends Taxpayer Funding for Africa’s Two Largest Abortion Giants

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by Alexander Slavsky  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  May 23, 2018   

Less than a week after president pushes cuts to U.S. abortion funding

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WASHINGTON (ChurchMilitant.com) - President Donald Trump is keeping his pro-life promise from 2017, barring U.S. funding for two groups that perform and promote abortion in Africa. 

Marie Stopes International (MSI), a British-based abortion giant, and the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) are slated to close teams and programs in Africa since Trump is yanking funds from international organizations that perform abortions. 

Both groups received millions of taxpayer dollars under President Barack Obama to provide and advocate for abortions in Africa. They are the largest non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Africa ending the lives of unborn babies.  

 

The Mexico City Policy was passed first by President Ronald Reagan in 1984, withholding funds from international groups that perform abortions. The policy was overturned by President Bill Clinton on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that decriminalized abortion in all 50 states. 
 
The Mexico City Policy was reinstated by President George W. Bush on Roe's anniversary in 2001, before Obama reversed it again in 2009. In January 2017, Trump signed it back into law as an executive measure one day after the anniversary of Roe.
 
MSI in Burkina Faso is expected to close in June following a nearly $30 million funding cut of U.S. tax dollars. The pro-abortion group would have closed earlier, but U.K. development agency UK Aid offered Marie Stopes money to keep it afloat. 
 
MSI and IPPF are among four international organizations that rejected the Mexico City Policy, while 733 NGOs abroad still receive funding. The condition for receiving U.S. taxpayer dollars is that it will not "perform or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning in foreign countries or provide financial support to any other foreign [NGO] that conducts such activities." 
 
MSI closed 22 out of 62 outreach teams in Madagascar, 17 out of 35 teams in Uganda and 600 out of 1,200 teams in Zimbabwe. IPPF has shuttered 22 programs in sub-Saharan Africa and others are slated to close this month in Togo, Ethiopia and Ivory Coast.
 
While both abortion giants look for funding from other NGOs and move away from U.S. funds, African leaders struggle to increase government spending to cover healthcare costs for African citizens. 
 
Both groups received millions of taxpayer dollars under President Barack Obama to provide and advocate for abortions in Africa.

"Commitments have been made, but the money has not been forthcoming," said IPPF's Kwamboka team. "This reliance on aid from other countries ... cannot go on." 

The funding collapse of MSI and IPPF comes on the heels of a plan Trump announced on Friday to slash taxpayer funding to U.S. abortion mills.

The president is reviving a Reagan-era rule barring "family planning" centers that receive U.S. tax dollars under Title X from issuing abortion referrals, discussing abortion with clients and sharing space with abortion providers. 

Other pro-life victories for Trump include the nomination and confirmation of pro-life Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court last year and a resolution signed in April 2017 that rescinded Obama's executive order forcing states to provide grants under Title X to Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers.

Last October, Trump defanged the Health and Human Services contraceptive mandate, exempting religious organizations and Catholic schools from being forced to cover abortifacients and contraceptives in their health plans. 

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