Mexico City Policy Decried by USCCB

Let us stay vigilant in our efforts to support laws and initiatives that support life.  In a Jan. 26 article, the Zenit news agency reported that Cardinal Justin Rigali called President Barack Obama's decision on day 3 of his presidency to reverse the Mexico City Policy to be "very disappointing."  There had been an 8-year ban on U.S. funding of organizations that perform and promote abortion in developing nations.  President Obama has insisted during his electoral campaign that he wasn't for abortion but rather for reducing the number of abortions without making abortion illegal.  The Mexico City Policy had prevented the diversion of U.S. funds to groups that promote abortions.

Cardinal Francis George, president of the USCCB, and longtime Board member and Episcopal Moderator of NCPD until recently, wrote to Obama before his inauguration urging him to retain this policy: "'The Mexico City Policy, first established in 1984, has wrongly been attacked as a restriction on foreign aid for family planning. In fact, it has not reduced such aid at all, but has ensured that family planning funds are not diverted to organizations dedicated to performing and promoting abortions instead of reducing them.

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