The Biden administration rescinded a policy Thursday that prohibits taxpayer funding for abortion providers overseas.
The move fulfills a campaign promise from President Joe Biden, who pledged to make repealing the Mexico City policy, referred to by its critics as the "Global Gag Rule," one of his first moves in office. Under the Obama administration, the abortion industry received millions of dollars thanks to the repeal of the policy, which was then reinstated under President Donald Trump. The United States Agency for International Development guided tens of millions of dollars in funding to Planned Parenthood and its international affiliates during Barack Obama's time in office.
Republican officials and pro-life groups condemned the move. Sen. Ben Sasse (R., Neb.) praised the Mexico City policy for combating abortion around the world and criticized Biden's disregard for "oppressed and marginalized" people.