One of president Trump’s first actions in office was to sign an executive order banning federal funding from supporting foreign pro-abortion groups such as International Planned Parenthood.
This order reinstated the Mexico City Policy, which requires “foreign NGOs to certify that they will not ‘perform or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning’ with non-U.S. funds as a condition for receiving U.S. global family planning assistance,” according to the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation.
This means that while your tax money will still help support American abortion clinics, they will no longer help fund abortion abroad. Pro-life millennials, many of whom are gearing up to participate in the March for Life this Friday, are thrilled.
Kristen Wood, a 20-year-old college student and president of Mizzou Students for Life, is one of those people.
“Trump acknowledges that his role of President is as a public servant,” Wood told Red Alert. “In order to live up to his promises as the Republican Party nominee, I believe he will continue to push the party’s platform of ending abortion.”
Anna Florette Fatta, a 26-year-old living in NYC and president of Pro-Life Future NYC (a pro-life group for professionals), told Red Alert the bill “ certainly sets a much needed change of tone for U.S. foreign aid policy.”
Although she says one of the reasons she didn’t vote for Trump is because she didn’t “trust that he would follow through with his pro-life promises,” she says she’s now “cautiously optimistic about his commitment to protecting unborn lives.”
“It’s so disheartening to see powerful countries give aid to developing countries pushing an agenda for abortion above the real needs of the people, like clean water and actual maternal healthcare,” Fatta told Red Alert.
Zoe Johnston, a 24-year-old pro-life mother from California, also warmly welcomed Trump’s reinstatement of the Mexico City Policy. Although she had concerns because Trump “wasn’t always pro-life,” she told Red Alert she’s “relieved that this was on the top of his to-do list after the inauguration.”
Johnston echoed Fatta’s concerns about American interference in developing countries.
“Sovereign nations should be able to craft their own policies regarding life issues without influence from organizations supported by American democrats,” Johnston told us.
President Trump has yet to sign any orders concerning defunding domestic Planned Parenthood, but many pro-life millennials remain optimistic.
But defunding Planned Parenthood on American soil isn’t enough, says Anna Floretta Fatta. Addressing the root cause of abortion is important too.
Fatta tells us she’s hopeful “as long as the money [taken from Planned Parenthood] is reinvested towards organizations and programs that address the root causes of abortion.”