Sen. Lee proposes making ‘Mexico City Policy’ permanent

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WASHINGTON (ABC4 News) Senator Mike Lee wants to block U.S. federal funding for overseas organizations that provide abortions and related services.

Lee proposes making the Trump Administration’s “Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance” policy, formerly known as the “Mexico City Policy,” a permanent law.

“The administration’s ban on funding overseas organizations that promote abortion has already saved and will continue to save countless lives across the globe,” Lee said in a statement.

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan established the Mexico City Policy which prohibited foreign non-governmental organizations that provide or promote abortion from receiving U.S. assistance.

President Clinton and President Obama previously overturned the policy in 1993 and 2009.

The State Department restored Reagan’s policy in May of 2017 and renamed it “Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance.”  The policy was expanded to cover all federal aid, not just money earmarked for family planning assistance.

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