Donald Trump bans federal funding for foreign NGOs that support abortion

US President Donald J. Trump signs the last of three executive orders in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, on January 23, 2017. PHOTO | RON SACHS | EPA

What you need to know:

  • The restrictions imposed Monday prohibit foreign nongovernmental organizations that receive US family planning assistance from using non-US funding to provide abortion services, information, counselling or referrals and from engaging in advocacy to promote abortion.
  • They were first put in place in 1984 by Republican president Ronald Reagan.
  • Later eliminated by Democratic president Bill Clinton, they were reinstalled by his Republican successor George W. Bush, and annulled again after Barack Obama took office



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