President Obama has lifted restrictions that had prevented U.S. government funding for abortions in other countries:
President Barack Obama on Friday lifted restrictions on U.S. government funding for groups that provide abortion services or counseling abroad, reversing a policy of his Republican predecessor George W. Bush.
The Democratic president’s decision was a victory for advocates of abortion rights on an issue that in recent years has become a tit-for-tat policy change each time the White House shifts from one party to the other.
When the ban was in place, no U.S. government funding for family planning services could be given to clinics or groups that offered abortion services or counseling in other countries, even if the funds for those activities came from non-U.S. government sources.
This is not the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA), which would remove virtually all restrictions on abortions in this country, including taxpayer funding. This foreign aid policy was also rescinded under Bill Clinton, then re-imposed by George W. Bush. This is how we help other nations, co-operating in the abortion of their children.