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4 Pro-Life Policies Joe Biden Has Scrapped In His First 100 Days

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President Biden has officially completed his hundredth day in the Oval Office.

In addition to sweeping actions on energy and immigration policy, as well as diversity within executive agencies, President Biden has spent the first hundred days of his first term upending President Trump’s statutes to protect the unborn. 

Biden’s platform vowed that his administration will codify Roe v. Wade, fund abortion conglomerate Planned Parenthood, and enact several more policies that would expand abortion access across the United States. Indeed, as Biden has fulfilled these promises, he has earned accolades from various pro-choice activist groups.

Here are four pro-life policies Biden scrapped in only three months in office.

Mexico City Policy

Within his first week in office, President Biden reversed the Mexico City Policy.

First enacted by President Ronald Reagan in 1984, the Mexico City Policy bars federal funding overseas from being used to “perform abortions, provide advice, counseling, or information regarding abortion, or lobby a foreign government to legalize abortion or make abortion services more easily available,” as described by a White House press release.

Since Reagan instituted the Mexico City Policy, each new President has either rescinded or re-instituted the executive order, depending upon party affiliation. Within his first days in office, President Trump had re-enacted the statute after it had been muted during the Obama years. Nearly 140 abortion activist groups condemned Trump for doing so, stating that the policy causes “serious harm” throughout the world.

President Biden once again revoked the Mexico City Policy, directing all American agencies involved in foreign assistance to “work with the Administrator of USAID and across United States Government foreign assistance programs to ensure that adequate funds are being directed to support women’s health needs globally, including sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights.”

Pro-abortion organizations were thrilled.

“After four years of unyielding attacks on reproductive freedom by the Trump administration, we celebrate President Biden putting an end to the harmful global gag rule and rolling back the domestic gag rule,” said NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue in a statement. “This move sends a message at home and around the world that the new Biden-Harris administration understands that reproductive freedom is central to the pursuit of equity and justice.”

Fetal Tissue Research

President Biden is reversing federal regulations regarding research on the remains of unborn babies.

Under the Trump administration, the United States Department of Health and Human Services announced that National Institutes of Health research involving “new acquisition of human fetal tissue from elective abortions” would no longer be conducted. However, Biden’s Health and Human Services department declared that “all research applications for NIH grants and contracts proposing the use of human fetal tissue from elective abortions” would no longer be reviewed by an Ethics Advisory Board.

The move is unsurprising given the fact that Xavier Becerra — the present Secretary of Health and Human Services — is adamantly in favor of abortion. In the past, Becerra supported partial-birth abortion, opposed groups like the Little Sisters of the Poor when they refused to endorse Obama-era contraceptive requirements, and voted against the Hyde amendment as a member of the House of Representatives — all of which earned him a “perfect rating” from Planned Parenthood.

“We believe that we have to do the research it takes to make sure that we are incorporating innovation and getting all of those types of treatments and therapies out there to the American people,” commented Becerra about the fetal tissue rule change.

Title X

Like the Mexico City Policy and fetal tissue research regulations, President Biden is moving to undo President Trump’s policies under the Title X Family Planning Program.

The Title X Program is dedicated to “ensuring access to a broad range of family planning and related preventive health services for millions of low-income or uninsured individuals and others.” The Trump administration’s new rules ensured that Title X funds could not be used to “promote, refer for, or support abortion as a method of family planning.”

President Biden is planning to reverse Trump’s rules, alleging that they “have undermined the public health of the population the program is meant to serve.”

Overlooking the fact that African-American and minority children are disproportionately likely to become the victims of abortion, a Department of Health and Human Services proposal to revise the rule alleges that “advancing equity for all, including people of color and others who have been historically underserved, marginalized, and adversely affected by persistent poverty and inequality, is a priority for the Department.”

As NPR reports, Planned Parenthood President Alexis McGill Johnson was likewise pleased with Biden’s new policy. She said that the Trump administration’s approach “really did decimate access to affordable reproductive health care… and it severely decreased the program’s healthcare provider network, which puts more financial restraints on patients.”

Geneva Consensus Declaration

President Biden is removing the United States from an international alliance upholding the unborn child’s inalienable right to life.

Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo initiated the “Geneva Consensus Declaration on Promoting Women’s Health and Strengthening the Family” — a document affirming that “in no case should abortion be promoted as a method of family planning” to uphold the reality that “all are equal before the law.” 

Secretary Pompeo remarked at the time that the Trump administration “mounted an unprecedented defense of the unborn abroad.” The declaration is signed by nearly three dozen countries, including Brazil, Egypt, Kenya, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.

After the document’s creation in 2020, Former Secretary for Health and Human Services Alex Azar emphasized that the Geneva Consensus Declaration — which also reaffirms the family as the “natural and fundamental group unit of society” — is a “historic document stating clearly where we as nations stand on women’s health, the family, honoring life, and defending national sovereignty.”

The Biden administration promptly directed its new Secretary of State and Secretary of Health and Human Services to “withdraw co-sponsorship and signature” from the document, notifying other signatories of the reversal.

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