Pro-life conditions on U.S. health aid have not resulted in significant gaps in health care provision, and foreign NGOs have broadly accepted the provisions, multiple federal agencies reported on Tuesday.
The Departments of State and Health and Human Services (HHS), along with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) conducted a review of the administration’s Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance policy, which conditions U.S. global health assistance on recipients not performing or promoting abortions.
While the policy has existed in the past under the “Mexico City Policy,” the Trump administration expanded its pro-life provisions to apply to more than $8 billion of U.S. foreign aid.
On Monday, the federal agencies tasked with making the report said that the “vast majority” of U.S. partners in global health assistance accepted the new policy, and that in most of the other cases where partners refused to abide by the policy, an alternative health provider was found or foreign governments or donors stepped up to fill health care gaps.
“Only in limited instances has the Agency struggled to identify new partners or sub-awardees with comparable skill sets, networks, or capacity for outreach,” the report said.
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