President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to ban federal money going to international groups which perform or provide information on abortions.  The US president’s order shows he “wants to stand up for all Americans, including the unborn,” his press secretary Sean Spicer said. The executive order – known as “the Mexico City Policy” – is likely to concern pro-choice groups, already wary of his anti-abortion stance. Mr Trump supports a US abortion ban. But this is not the first time a foreign funding ban has been put in place. Republican President Ronald Reagan first created the Mexico City Policy in 1984 introducing the ban, only for the The policy requires non-governmental organisations receiving federal funding to agree to “neither perform nor actively promote abortion as a method of family planning in other nations”. For decades, it has been the case that no US money can be spent on overseas abortions but the Mexico City policy takes that a step further. In 2009, Barack Obama ended the policy, which had been reinstated under President George Bush’s tenure.

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