Biden set to remove ban on US funds for abortion counseling, World News

US President Joe Biden is set to abolish a ban on US funding of abortion counseling provided by international organizations.

Abortion has been legal in the United States since a landmark 1973 Supreme Court ruling, and Biden has consistently supported that ruling, which guarantees a woman’s “right to choose.”

On the eve of the anti-abortion movement’s annual March for Life, the White House said Biden would roll back the so-called Mexico City Policy – which prohibits US funding of international nonprofits that offer advice or counseling. Abortion References – Thursday.

The move is part of a larger health-related package for the new Democratic president at a time when the country is reeling from Covid-19 and, as always, grappling with a healthcare system that leaves millions of uninsured people.

Biden is also expected to order a review of rules under the Donald Trump administration that prevented government-funded family planning clinics in the United States from referring women for abortions.

Bidens’ Democratic base largely supports abortion rights, but he is also a staunch member of the Catholic Church who strongly opposes abortion.

Pressed last week on the new president’s stance on abortion — specifically on legislation known as the Hyde Amendment that would block federal funds from being used by Americans to pay for abortion — White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki declined to answer directly.

Politically, the issue is creating a deep divide among Americans, and alienating Biden from some of them could hamper his efforts to build broad support to advance other policies on the economy and the coronavirus pandemic.

Strongly supported by American anti-abortion groups, the 1984 Mexico City Policy targets non-American nongovernmental organizations involved in supporting health and family planning in developing countries and whose operations receive financial assistance. US official.

Days after taking office in January 2017, Trump banned the extension of US funding to such groups if they support, advise or offer abortion. Additionally, they could be banned from US aid if they themselves support other NGOs that support abortion.

Helen D. Jessen