U.S. announces new restrictions on foreign aid for abortions

Donald Trump

The U.S. says it will further clamp down on the use of foreign aid for non-governmental organisations that support abortions or work with groups that help women access the medical service

The U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, on Tuesday said this as he announced new limitations on the use of federal government funds in Washington.

He said the new measures would include “strict prohibition on back door schemes” meant to help funnel money to organisations working on women’s health and that support abortions.

Pompeo is a Christian conservative and has been facing lobbying by right-wing groups on the abortion issue in Latin America.

U.S. President Donald Trump, upon taking office, reversed regulations that were in place during the Obama administration to re-impose the Mexico City Policy, which prohibits organisations receiving U.S. money from even using non-U.S. funding for abortions.