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Biden Administration Prepares To Overturn Trump Abortion Rule

Added 01-21-21 11:07:02am EST - “In a move requested by abortion rights advocates, Biden is preparing to overturn the Mexico City Policy, which prohibits U.S. aid to groups that provide or refer for abortion overseas.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “Biden Administration Prepares To Overturn Trump Abortion Rule”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

President Joe Biden signs a series of executive orders in the Oval Office of the White House on Wednesday. The Biden administration is expected to reverse several Trump-era policies, including one that prohibits U.S. funding for overseas groups that provide or refer patients for abortions. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

President Joe Biden signs a series of executive orders in the Oval Office of the White House on Wednesday. The Biden administration is expected to reverse several Trump-era policies, including one that prohibits U.S. funding for overseas groups that provide or refer patients for abortions.

President Biden is preparing to reverse a Trump administration policy that prohibits U.S. funding for overseas groups that provide or refer patients for abortions – the first of several moves reproductive rights advocates are hoping to see from the Biden administration.

In prepared remarks released by the White House on Thursday, Dr. Anthony Fauci tells the World Health Organization's executive board that Biden will soon revoke the Mexico City Policy "as part of his broader commitment to protect women's health and advance gender equality at home and around the world."

The policy, first instituted by the Reagan administration, has ping-ponged on and off between Republican and Democratic presidents ever since. Trump reinstituted and expanded the policy – which critics describe as a "gag rule" – within days of taking office. An analysis published in 2019 in the medical journal The Lancet found that the Mexico City Policy increased the abortion rate in at least some affected countries, likely because it also reduced access to contraception.

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