Families in developing countries are still at risk even after Trump reinstated the ban on tax dollars supporting abortion overseas.


President Donald Trump’s reinstatement of the Mexico City policy on the third day of his term was warmly received by the 83 percent of Americans who oppose using their tax dollars to support abortion in other countries, according to a Marist poll sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. It turns out, though, that tax payers from eight other countries may be footing the bill instead. A new global initiative is being launched in Brussels to make up the $600 million shortfall that organizations like International Planned Parenthood will face over the next four years in their work to perform and/or promote abortion overseas.


It would be a mistake to think that women in the developing world are all sighing with relief. Programs that promote abortion and some modern social policies affecting the family are viewed by many in poor countries as an attempt to change their native cultures and societies – as an imposition of foreign values. This can be felt, by the poor, as a kind of cultural imperialism, where acceptance of imported mores is required in exchange for economic aid.


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