1993 January 22

President Bill Clinton Rescinds Anti-Abortion “Mexico City Policy”


President Bill Clinton on this day rescinded the so-called “Mexico City Policy,” first instituted by President Ronald Reagan on August 8, 1984, which forbade international non-profit organizations receiving United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funds from providing either devices related to, or information about, abortion. The requirement applied even to organizations involved in abortion-related activities supported by non-governmental funds. President George W. Bush reinstated the policy in January 2001 and President Barack Obama again rescinded it in 2009, on January 23rd.

Learn more:  http://www.genderhealth.org/the_issues/us_foreign_policy/global_gag_rule

Learn about the impact of this policy: http://www.ipas.org/~/media/Files/Ipas%20Publications/MythsGlobalGagRule.ashx

Learn more at a timeline of USAID family planning services: http://www.psi.org/impact-magazine/2011/05/usaid-family-planning-program-timeline-1965-present

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