US Takes Step to Block Foreign Aid to Overseas Abortion Providers

“We will refuse to provide assistance to foreign NGO’S that give financial support to other foreign groups in the global abortion industry”…

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Tuesday the expansion of the Trump administration’s ban on US aid to groups that promote or provide abortions.

Pompeo said he’s extended the ban to include organizations that may follow the rules while simultaneously passing funding along to other groups that don’t. 

The secretary said the Trump administration will not allow American taxpayer money to pay for “backdoor funding schemes” for abortion.

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“The American people should rest assured that this administration and this State Department and our USAID will do all we can to safeguard US taxpayer dollars and protect and respect the sanctity of life for people all around the globe,” Pompeo said.

Pompeo said the administration was committed to protecting “the sanctity of life” in the United States and abroad and would enforce the policy “to the broadest extent possible” by not allowing foreign non-governmental organizations to skirt the ban.

“We will refuse to provide assistance to foreign NGOs that give financial support to other foreign groups in the global abortion industry,” Pompeo told reporters at the State Department. “We will enforce a strict prohibition on backdoor funding schemes and end runs around our policy. American taxpayer dollars will not be used to underwrite abortions.”

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Critics say this hurts reproductive and maternal health care in developing nations. 

Pompeo denied that claim and said the US would continue to be a leader in such aid. The US spends $9 billion to support global health programs. It wasn’t immediately clear how much would be cut, but pro-choice advocates were furious at the news.

“This administration’s obsession with attacking women’s reproductive health is egregious and dangerous,” Sen. Jean Shaheen (D-NH) said. “Further expanding the global gag rule puts international organizations in an impossible position: provide women the full scope of reproductive health care services or deny critical funding that saves lives. That is unconscionable.”

Pro-life groups welcomed the move. 

The Susan B. Anthony Fund praised Pompeo’s decision in a statement, saying: “We are excited to see Secretary Pompeo taking additional steps to ensure that Americans’ hard-earned dollars are actually used for health assistance, not funneled to groups that push abortion.”

 

Mom is Jailed for Refusing to Vaccinate Son with Vaccine Containing Aborted Baby Cells

Bredow is also supported by Right to Life of Michigan, which issued a statement saying that parents should be able to follow their conscience in choosing not to vaccinate their children

A mom in Michigan recently spent several days in jail after she refused to allow her son to receive a vaccine which used cells from aborted babies.

According to LifeNews.com, Detroit resident Rebecca Bredow initially agreed to allow her son to receive the vaccine, but later refused. Bredow’s ex-husband wanted the boy to receive the vaccine.

Bredow was sentenced to seven days in jail for failing to allow the boy’s father to have a say in their son’s health, according to a judge.

Despite the jail time, Bredow says she doesn’t regret her position. “I was trying to protect my kids,” she said. “I was trying to stand up for what I believed in, and it was worth it for me to try and take the risk, because I was trying to stop the vaccinations from happening.” abc

Bredow is also supported by Right to Life of Michigan, which issued a statement saying that parents should be able to follow their conscience in choosing not to vaccinate their children

“There is absolutely no question that a significant number of common vaccines are directly cultured using cells from aborted unborn children,” said Legislative Director for Right to Life Michigan Ed Rivet. “That is how the vaccines are produced. We have long supported the right of parents to refrain from using them or to request alternative versions cultured in untainted cell lines.”

Debi Vinnedge, the director of pro-life group Children of God for Life, wrote in 2015 that it is not necessary for the medical field to use cells from aborted babies for vaccines.

“The fact of the matter is that aborted fetal tissue is absolutely unnecessary for vaccine production or any medical research. There are numerous FDA approved moral cell lines and if human cells are desired, they can be obtained from a plethora of non-objectionable sources including umbilical cord, cord blood and other adult stem cells,” wrote Vinnedge.