Legal & Policy Challenges

Depoliticizing the Mexico City Policy

When rescinding the Mexico City Policy, the President expressed his desire to depoliticize the issue. However, now taxpayer dollars can indirectly contribute to the promotion of abortion in foreign countries, which many taxpayers find unconscionable.

 

Two changes to US-AID grant-making policies could strike an appropriate compromise: supplement-not-supplant guidelines and indirect cost prohibition.

 

If US-AID instituted a strong supplement-not-supplant policy and prohibited the charging of indirect costs to US-AID grants, then taxpayer dollars would not promote abortion in anyway. Furthermore, international humanitarian NGOs could conduct programs and services that would further America's standing in the world.

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