According to the prepared remarks released by the White House on Thursday, Dr Anthony Fauci told the World Health Organization’s executive board that President Biden will revoke the Mexico City Policy – a Trump administration policy that prohibits US funding for nongovernmental groups that provide or refer patients for abortions. This is the first of several moves reproductive rights advocates and groups are hoping to see from President Joe Biden and his administration.
According to Dr Fauci, the revoke will be ‘a part of President Biden’s broader commitment to protect women’s health and advance gender equality at home and around the world’.
The policy, which was first instituted by the Reagan administration, has since been ‘on and off’ between Republican and Democrat presidents ever since. As you probably know already, Trump reinstituted and expanded the policy within days of taking office. According to 2019 analysis published in the medical journal The Lancet, the Mexico City Policy increased the abortion rate in some of the affected countries because it also reduced access to contraception.
Trump also cut off funding through the federal Title X family planning program to domestic health care providers that perform abortions or refer patients to abortion – which prompted organizations, including Planned Parenthood, to withdraw from the program.
Numerous reproductive rights groups have been asking Biden to reverse the long list of Trump administration policies related to this issue, and they’re pushing for a reversal of the Hyde Amendment, a prohibition on federal funding for most abortions.