Does the Mexico City Policy Ban Funding for Groups that Promote Abortion Abroad? Not for U.S. Groups

Due to Loopholes in the Mexico City Policy, U.S. Groups that Perform or Promote Abortion are Still Receiving Foreign Aid Money from the Government

In 2006, in the west African country of Ghana, five organizations from the United States and the U.K. formed a coalition with the singular mission of expanding access to abortion and contraception in Ghana. Included in this coalition were pro-abortion heavyweights Marie Stopes International and Ipas. The coalition also included two well-funded and well-resourced U.S. non-governmental organizations (NGOs): the Population Council and EngenderHealth.

The project was benignly called Reducing Maternal Morbidity and Mortality (or “R3M”), though the project sought to engage in intensive advocacy efforts to influence key leaders in Ghana—including physicians, police officers, the Ghanaian Attorney General and the Minister of Justice— to increase abortion access.

Abortion is illegal in Ghana except in cases of rape, incest, fetal disability, and in cases of life, physical health, and mental health of the mother. A Pew Research Center survey from 2013 found that an overwhelming 92% of Ghanaians find abortion “morally unacceptable.”

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