Newly inaugurated President Donald Trump signed an executive order reinstating “The Mexico City Policy” which states that foreign non-governmental organizations may not receive funding from the United States federal government if they promote abortion as family planning.
The policy gets its name from where it was first announced at the United Nations International Conference on Population in Mexico City in 1984 by President Ronald Reagan.
The Mexico City policy has become a bellwether of an incoming president’s views on abortion. President Clinton overturned the policy on January 22, 1993. President George W. Bush reinstated it January 22, 2001. President Barack Obama overturned it on January 23, 2009.
President Trump signed the order one day after the Anniversary of Roe V. Wade and just days ahead of the March for Life in Washington D.C.