UPDATED 11:30 AM PT – Friday, January 29, 2021
One measure repealed an order known as The Mexico City Policy, which banned federal taxpayer dollars from funding abortions overseas. It was first enacted by former President Ronald Reagan.
President Trump reinstated the policy in 2017 before Barack Obama rescinded it during his administration.
The order also directed the DHS to decide whether to pull back President Trump’s Title X restrictions, which barred federal-funded healthcare providers from referring patients for abortions.
“The second order I am signing relates to protecting women’s health at home and abroad,” Biden said. “And it reinstates the changes that were made to Title X and other things making it harder for women to have access to affordable healthcare as it relates to reproductive rights.”
Throughout his time in office, President Trump rallied against abortion and called out congressional Democrats for their radical support of the practice.
“Democrats have embraced the most radical and extreme positions taken and seen in this country for years and decades and you can even say for centuries,” said President Trump. “Nearly every top Democrat in Congress now supports taxpayer-funded abortion, all the way up until the moment of birth.”
Biden, on the other hand, has wavered on the subject. In his 2020 campaign, he initially said he is in favor of abolishing the Hyde Amendment, which bars federal dollars from funding abortions. However, just days later he issued a retraction to that statement, which claimed he misspoke.
Biden hasn’t been very open about his stance on the Hyde Amendment during his time in office. Earlier this month, his press secretary completely danced around a question on the matter and instead appealed to Biden’s “supposedly devout faith.”
Following the signing of the order, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops penned a letter that called Biden’s actions “a violation of human dignity.” It also said his executive order is incompatible with Catholic teaching.
The letter ended by noting it’s imperative unborn people are free from violence and the USCCB hopes Biden will meet the needs of the Catholic church.
Meanwhile, a coalition of over 90 pro-abortion groups, including Planned Parenthood, sent a plan to the Biden administration, which called for a number of major changes to abortion laws. These changes included repealing the Hyde Amendment and enacting other pro-abortion policies.