Citing "the goal of reducing unintended pregnancies," President Obama took his first step as a pro-choice president by rescinding an anti-abortion policy that in his words, "undermined efforts to promote safe and effective voluntary family planning in developing countries." Called the "Mexico City Policy
" by some and the "Global Gag Rule
" by others, the policy was first enacted by President Ronald Reagan in 1984.
My colleague Robert Longley takes an in-depth look at the Mexico Policy and Obama's decision to overturn it. The newly-inaugurated president signed the executive order on Friday, January 23, 2008, the day after the 36th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court ruling legalizing abortion.