Jan 28, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Biden rescinds anti-abortion "global gag rule"

Joe Biden

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President Biden on Thursday rescinded the "global gag rule," a policy that bans international organizations that receive U.S. funding from providing abortion services or offering information about abortion.

Why it matters: The Reagan-era rule, also known as the Mexico City policy, has historically been rescinded or rolled back by Democratic presidents and reinstated by Republican ones. The Trump administration also expanded the rule to include virtually all global health aid.

  • Around $9 billion in aid will now be able to flow to organizations in foreign countries, according to Reuters.
  • Biden also signed a memorandum that asks the Department of Health and Human Services to review a rule implemented by the Trump administration that cut off funding to organizations like Planned Parenthood.
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