US to Cut Money for Foreign Groups Supporting Abortions
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said the United States will reduce the amount of money it gives to the Organization of American States, or OAS.
The reduction is tied to existing rules that bar the United States from providing money for medical operations to end pregnancies or efforts to support abortions.
The restrictions now extend to foreign groups that provide money to other organizations that promote or provide abortions. Pompeo said at least two agencies connected to the OAS appear to be promoting abortion availability in the Western Hemisphere.
Pompeo said the administration of President Donald Trump is able to meet "critical global health goals, including providing health care for women while refusing to subsidize the killing of unborn babies."
The policy requires that foreign nongovernmental organizations that receive family-planning money from the United States must show that they do not provide or support abortions.
The policy is sometimes called the "Mexico City Policy" after the place where it was first announced in the 1980s, under the presidency of Ronald Reagan. Later presidents canceled or did not follow the policy. The Trump administration put the policy in place again in 2017.
Critics call the policy a "global gag rule." They say it prevents people from talking about abortion and hurts reproductive care.
State Department spokesman Robert Palladino said the United States would cut about $210,000 dollars from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, an independent group within the OAS.
Pompeo said the aim is for American taxpayer money to not be used to pay for abortions.
Democratic lawmakers denounced the expansion to the policy. U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called it "cruel" on Twitter. And Jeanne Shaheen, a Democratic senator from New Hampshire, said the move was "dangerous" to the reproductive health of women.
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5.U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said the United States will reduce the amount of money it gives to the Organization of American States, or OAS.
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这些规定现已扩大至为其它促进或提供堕胎的机构提供资金的外国组织 。蓬佩奥表示，至少有两家与美洲国家组织有关的机构似乎在西半球推动堕胎 。
该政策有时候被称为“墨西哥城政策”，上世纪80年代，里根政府首次在此地宣布这项政策 。此后的总统取消或是不执行这项政策 。2017年，特朗普政府再次实施这项政策 。
批评人士称，这项政策是“全球性言论限制政策 。”他们指出，这可以防止人们谈论堕胎或伤害生殖保健 。
美国国务院发言人罗伯特·帕拉迪诺(Robert Palladino)表示，美国将从美洲国家组织内部的独立机构——美洲人权委员会削减约21万美元 。
民主党议员谴责了这项政策的扩大化 。美国众议院议长佩洛西在推特上称其“残忍” 。来自新罕布什尔州的民主党参议员珍妮·沙欣（Jeanne Shaheen）表示，此举对女性生殖健康来说十分危险 。