Mexico City Policy

By Mark Pattison
Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) — President Donald J. Trump issued an executive memorandum Jan. 23 reinstating the “Mexico City Policy,” which bans all foreign nongovernmental organizations receiving U.S. funds from performing or promoting abortion as a method of family planning in other countries.

The action was hailed by pro-life leaders.

Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee for Pro-Life Activities, applauded the news in a Jan. 23 statement. “This is a welcome step toward restoring and enforcing important federal policies that respect the most fundamental human right — the right to life — as well as the long-standing, bipartisan consensus against forcing Americans to participate in the violent act of abortion,” he said.