If there were any staunch conservatives who have remained skeptical of President Donald Trump’s claimed pro-life stance, their worries should have been put to rest by one of the first executive orders he signed on Monday.
Sitting in the Oval Office, Trump signed an order reinstating a ban on U.S. taxpayer money being used to promote or provide abortion services in foreign nations by non-governmental organizations, according to Politico.
The ban, which is known as the “Mexico City Policy,” was issued on the day after the 44th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion procedures across America.
CBS News reported that the Mexico City Policy, so named for the 1984 United Nations conference during which it was announced, was first implemented by former President Ronald Reagan and continued under his successor, George H.W. Bush.
The policy was revoked in 1993 by President Bill Clinton, but reinstated by George W. Bush in 2001, only to be rescinded once again by Barack Obama when he took office in 2009.
The original policy stated that any non-governmental organization in a foreign country that wished to receive any American government funding “would neither perform nor actively promote abortion as a method of family planning in other nations.”