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President Donald Trump Signs Anti-Abortion Executive Order

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U.S. President Donald Trump has revoked the Presidential Memorandum on Mexico City Policy and Assistance for Voluntary Population Planning, which allowed voluntary abortion in the U.S.

Trump, who has made anti-abortion policy one of his campaign promises, announced the revocation on Monday, in a statement issued by the White House.

“I hereby revoke the Presidential Memorandum of January 23, 2009, for the Secretary of State and the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (Mexico City Policy and Assistance for Voluntary Population Planning), and reinstate the Presidential Memorandum of January 22, 2001, for the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (Restoration of the Mexico City Policy).

I direct the Secretary of State, in coordination with the Secretary of Health and Human Services, to the extent allowable by law, to implement a plan to extend the requirements of the reinstated Memorandum to global health assistance furnished by all departments or agencies.

I further direct the Secretary of State to take all necessary actions, to the extent permitted by law, to ensure that U.S. taxpayer dollars do not fund organisations or programmes that support or participate in the management of a program of coercive abortion or involuntary sterilisation,” the statement said.

Trump said “the memorandum was not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person”.

“The Secretary of State is authorised and directed to publish this memorandum in the Federal Register,” Trump’s statement read.

With the revocation, Trump has barred U.S  federal funding for foreign NGOs that support abortion, relaunching a battle that has long divided Americans.

The abrogation came just two days after women led a massive protest march in Washington to defend their rights, including to abortion.

The decision to ban foreign aid to groups that lobby in support of abortion rights is certain to deepen concern among already apprehensive U.S. family planning and women’s rights organisations, according to observers.

Stenny Hoyer, a Democratic leader in the House of Representatives, sharply criticised Trump for using his first week in office “to attack women’s health”.

“It should be no surprise to the millions of women and men who gathered in protest this weekend across the country and around the world that Republicans are focused more on making it harder for women to access health care than on the serious economic and security challenges we face.”

The restrictions imposed on Monday prohibit foreign non-governmental organisations that receive U.S. family planning assistance from using non-U.S. funding to provide abortion services, information, counseling or referrals and from engaging in advocacy to promote abortion.

They were first put in place in 1984 by Republican president Ronald Reagan.

Later eliminated by Democratic president Bill Clinton, they were reinstalled by his Republican successor George W. Bush, and annulled again after Barack Obama took office.

Galvanised by Trump’s November 8, 2016 election, abortion opponents in states where Republicans held power moved swiftly in December 2016 to adopt draconian anti-abortion measures that in some cases pose challenges to constitutional liberties.

Trump, meanwhile, has pledged to nominate an anti-abortion justice to the Supreme Court, which could lead to overturning Roe v. Wade, the emblematic ruling that legalised abortion in the U.S. in 1973.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.

12 Comments

  1. tunmi

    January 24, 2017 at 9:16 am

    I’m sure the NGOs this affects were expecting this. The Democrats eliminate the stipulation and the Republicans add it. No plus and minus every 4/8 years

  2. thatchick

    January 24, 2017 at 9:41 am

    i wonder if this would increase the price of plan B, because without the law plan B s 50/100$ now that they wan pass this yeye thing, i hope plan B would not be 200…

    • Nuna

      January 24, 2017 at 10:21 am

      Y is it so expensive though? Postinor is like N450 in Nigeria. Are they not thesame thing?

    • Chartreuse

      January 24, 2017 at 11:34 am

      Why should the government fund the sex lives of its citizens?

    • tunmi

      January 24, 2017 at 2:05 pm

      Because unwanted children are a burden on the state

    • Chartreuse

      January 24, 2017 at 2:52 pm

      @tunmi So the government should be responsible for the “inconveniences” brought upon us solely by ourselves right? “Unwanted children” might be unwanted but does that give anyone a right to pass the death sentence on them? How many of us were really wanted? If abortion supporters make that reason, what makes them different from terrorists? After all they are killing “unwanted people”.
      In reality, statistics show that unwanted pregnancy results from pressure external to the pregnancy and not the baby itself. Let’s resolve those pressures instead of killing the innocent ones.

    • Linda Hunter

      January 24, 2017 at 6:24 pm

      It’s a natural pheno men on.

    • Lady!

      January 24, 2017 at 5:08 pm

      Plan B isn’t subsidized by the government though and there are now generic versions for cheaper. so no worries there.

  3. So it is a Republican vs Democrats thing, not what is good for the masses thing…hmm

  4. Nyc

    January 24, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    @Nuna they do the same work..its expensive in america because America is a capitalist country and they rob man through healthcare cost.

  5. Linda Hunter

    January 24, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    IUDs or tubals next 4 years ladies.

  6. Frida

    January 24, 2017 at 11:38 pm

    Great decision Mr Trump!

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