President Trump Cost Planned Parenthood $30 Million

Four organizations refused to comply with the abortion ban.

President Trump's expanded Mexico City Policy has cost Planned Parenthood close to $30 million. The policy blocks funding for foreign groups performing or promoting abortion overseas.

According to LifeNews, a State Department report released yesterday found that under the president's expanded policy, called “Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance (PLGHA),” four organizations that would have otherwise received grants refused to comply with the abortion ban.

"Two of the non-compliance organizations are global abortion providers, Marie Stopes International and the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF)," reports LifeNews. "Both organizations have bilateral USAID grants that would have gone through 2019 for approximately $30 million."

The USAID said it will direct those funds to other groups, “transition[ing] the activities of those organizations that have not agreed to the PLGHA standard provision to other partners, while minimizing disruption of services.”

Twelve sub-grantee recipients also refused to comply with the abortion ban, since the International Planned Parenthood Fund works in close to 170 different countries using hundreds of affiliates to carry out its mission.

A standard provision of the the PLGHA restricts the grantees from allocating any funds to lobby “a foreign government to legalize or make available abortion as a method of family planning” or “conducting a public information campaign in foreign countries regarding the benefits and/or availability of abortion as a method of family planning.”

Such activities were termed by Pope Francis as "ideological colonization," where foreign governments would manipulate third world countries into implementing abortion with aid money. More from LifeNews:

The standard provision requires awardees to agree to oversight and transparency to assure compliance. The recipient must acknowledge the State Department can at any "reasonable time, announced or unannounced" conduct onsite inspections including "independent inquiries in the community served by the recipient." Violations of PLGHA will result in termination of an award with reimbursement of any unexpended funding to the State Department.

Exempt from PLGHA guidelines is funding for abortion due to rape, incest, or life endangerment of the mother. Also exempt is medical treatment for an induced or spontaneous abortion.

Planned Parenthood has vehemently opposed the president's expanded Mexico City Policy since its implementation, calling it "the global gag rule."


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