The bullies are at it again. This time they are threatening President Trump’s daughter Ivanka. They want her to persuade her father to rescind his Mexico City Policy, one that restricts funding for international groups who provide or promote abortion. What can we do? First, we have to remember that we are in a spiritual battle, and those who are so adamantly pro-abortion are lost souls who are following satan, and the weapons we need to use against these evil forces are spiritual ones. We need to pray not only for an end to abortion, but also for the conversion of those who provide, promote and obtain abortions. This battle can only be won through our continued prayers and sacrifices.
By Rebecca Oas, Ph.D., Turtle Bay and Beyond
Ivanka Trump has made women’s economic empowerment one of her signature issues, and recently announced a global initiative to improve women’s lives around the world, with an initial U.S. investment of $50 million for a fund to be operated through USAID. While the announcement has yet to be followed by detailed information, it generated a flurry of editorials warning that its success would be severely undercut by one of Donald Trump’s first policy decisions as president: the reinstatement of the Mexico City Policy. It seems clear that advocates for an international abortion rights hope to persuade Ivanka to persuade her father to rescind the policy, in the name of giving her own project a greater chance of success.
The Mexico City Policy, now expanded and renamed “Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance” (PLGHA), restricts U.S. funding to foreign groups that provide or promote abortion. Referred to by its opponents as the “global gag rule,” PLGHA has been a thorn in the side of the international abortion lobby during Republican presidencies since Ronald Reagan. While they are quick to decry it as ineffective at reducing the number of abortions—the data there are disputable—its critics grudgingly admit that it has had a chilling effect on abortion advocacy and cut funding to international abortion giants such as Marie Stopes International and the International Planned Parenthood Federation.