Commentary: Under Biden, US promotes abortion abroad

Grace Melton, The Heritage Foundation on

Published in Political News

During the Obama years, the group received U.S. aid to the tune over $1 million per year. It received no funding under Trump. The Biden team as awarded multiple grants to PSZ again, although it is unclear how much money it has received.

The Helms Amendment to the United States Foreign Assistance Act prohibits U.S. foreign assistance funds from paying for abortion as a method of family planning. This narrow rule has been in place since 1973. But pro-abortion Democrats work around it. For instance, they funnel tax dollars to U.N. entities, which then fund and promote abortion. They also fund groups like MSI and Ipas for purposes other than providing abortion “as a method of family planning.”

Biden has told government agencies “to ensure that adequate funds are being directed to support women’s health needs globally, including sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights.” As Max Primorac and James Roberts document, the Biden administration “dramatically expanded the scope of programs that are now authorized to pay for abortion services.” And in so doing, it “weaponizes foreign aid programs to fund abortion.”

This is wrong. The U.S. should stop funding abortion in the developing world, especially in countries that don’t want it. Abortion should never be a condition of receiving aid. It smacks of ideological colonialism and humanitarian blackmail.

Congress needs to do more than save the Helms Amendment. It must stop the abortion activists in the Biden administration. And it must direct foreign assistance to alleviate poverty, not promote ideological agendas.




Grace Melton is the Senior Associate for Social Issues at the United Nations in The Heritage Foundation’s Institute for Family, Community, and Opportunity.


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