President Trump on Monday morning signed an executive order blocking foreign aid or federal funding for international nongovernmental organizations that provide or “promote” abortions.
The order comes one day after the 44th anniversary of the Roe V. Wade Supreme Court ruling that made abortion legal, and days before the annual “March for Life” in Washington on Jan. 27.
Referred to by critics as the “global gag rule,” the policy has been subjected to a game of political football over the years, with Democratic presidents rescinding the policy upon taking office, as President Obama did in 2009, and Republican presidents reinstating it.
The move comes amid a roiling public debate about women’s rights, jump-started Saturday by women’s marches held in major cities around the world.
That demonstration will be countered on Friday by the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C.
The order also comes one day after the 44th anniversary of the Roe V. Wade Supreme Court ruling that made abortion legal. “I think the president, it’s no secret, has made it very clear that he’s a pro-life president,” White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters at his first briefing Monday afternoon.