WASHINGTON – In a long-expected move, President Barack Obama plans to sign an executive order ending the ban on federal funds for international groups that perform abortions or provide information on the option, officials told The Associated Press on Friday.
Liberal groups welcomed the decision while abortion rights foes criticized the president. Known as the "Mexico City policy," the ban has been reinstated and then reversed by Republican and Democratic presidents since GOP President Ronald Reagan established it in 1984. President Bill Clinton ended the ban in 1993, but President George W. Bush re-instituted it in 2001 as one of his first acts in office.
The policy bans U.S. taxpayer money, usually in the form of U.S. Agency for International Development funds, from going to international family planning groups that either offer abortions or provide information, counseling or referrals about abortion. It is also known as the "global gag rule," because it prohibits taxpayer funding for groups that lobby to legalize abortion or promote it as a family planning method.
NO I WONT UNITE BEHIND THIS PIECE OF SHIT. NO I WONT UNITE BEHIND THIS LOW LIFE SCUM PIECE OF GARBAGE!
You want to support abortion, FINE! BUT DONT USE MY EFFING MONEY TO DO IT YOU EFFING BASTARD!
Screw this shit.
Dont. Ever. Tell ME, To unite behind that effing monster.
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