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Biden Executive Orders Reverse Trump Ban On Funding Abortions Overseas, Restore Title X Funding To Planned Parenthood

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A lady passes next to a vandalised billboard with an image of a fetus inside a heart shaped womb, by Ekaterina Glazkova, seen in Krakow (photo taken on December 9, 2020 in Krakow). 30-year-old independent artist Ekaterina Glazkova from St. Petersburg unexpectedly became famous in Poland thanks to the Foundation 'Our Children - Education, Health, Faith' from Kornice in Silesia. The drawing of a Russian woman - a child in the womb - appearing on billboards and posters in various Polish cities has become a symbol of the anti-abortion movement. However, as per the artist's statement on Instagram on December 11, the intended purpose of the illustration was not related to the Pro-Life movement: 'This illustration was painted as something positive, as the personification of the joy of motherhood, but definitely not a symbol of the oppression of women's human rights. I've been selling this picture on microstocks for many years now, and in theory anyone can buy it and use it. But Ive never thought that everything could turn out like this. As for myself, I can say that, as a woman and as an artist, I fully support Polish women in their struggle for their right to make choices'. On Wednesday, December 16, 2020, in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
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President Joe Biden will sign an executive order Thursday reversing the Trump administration’s “Mexico City policy,” known as the “global gag rule” by abortion providers, allowing non-government organizations that provide abortions overseas access to American taxpayer funding. He will also end a Trump-era prohibition on abortion providers receding access to government grants under Title X.

President Biden is expected to use his executive authority to rescind the Mexico City Policy, also known as the global gag rule, as part of a slew of executive actions on Thursday, according to three people familiar with the White House’s plans,” CBS News reported. “The Mexico City policy prohibits federal dollars from going to non-governmental organizations (NGO) that provide abortions, advocate to legalize and expand abortion access, or who provide abortion counseling.”

Under the Trump administration, the policy was expanded to cut off not just overseas abortion rights advocates like the International Planned Parenthood Federation, but it also prohibits funding for non-governmental organizations that “that provide abortions or abortion counseling” as part of their international “aid” missions.

“Although there are no current figures — the Mexico City policy has been in effect since 2017 — the conservative Heritage Foundation reports that from 2013 to 2015, International Planned Parenthood Federation and a partner organization, Marie Stopes International, which also provides abortions abroad, received around $120 million “for global health assistance through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID),” The Daily Wire noted last week.

Dr. Anthony Fauci announced Biden’s plan to roll back the Mexico City policy in a teleconference with the World Health Organization, connecting the president’s plan to global “women’s health” efforts.

“President Biden will be revoking the ‘Mexico City policy’ in the coming days as part of his broader commitment to protect women’s health and advance gender equality at home and around the world,” Fauci said.

In addition to repealing the Mexico City policy, Biden will reverse a Trump-era ban on abortion providers receiving grant funds under Title X. As The Daily Wire noted previously, President Donald Trump updated Title X to cut off any organization providing abortion services alongside family planning, effectively eliminating Planned Parenthood from the program unless it stopped doing abortions. The organization chose, instead, to walk away from the program.

At one point, Planned Parenthood received millions in funding from Title X.

Biden is also expected to withdraw the United States from the Geneva Consensus, an international declaration signed by countries opposed to legalized abortion.

The avowed Catholic Biden’s support for pro-abortion policies runs counter to the view of the Catholic Church, which opposes the practice, but the Biden administration is already using his faith as a way of deflecting criticism. Earlier this week, when asked about the president’s plan to restore funding to abortion programs abroad, White House press secretary Jen Psaki referred to Biden’s Catholic faith specifically.

“I will just take the opportunity to remind all of you that he is a devout Catholic and somebody who attends church regularly. He started his day attending church with his family this morning,” she said.

Until running for president in 2020, Biden was a lukewarm abortion rights supporter. At one point, he was even considered to be a “pro-life Democrat,” and he repeatedly alluded to being personally opposed to the practice. He has recently, though, committed to an expansive abortion rights platform, pledging, just recently to enshrine abortion as the “law of the land” — “to codifying Roe v. Wade and appointing judges that respect foundational precedents like Roe.”

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