Republicans Fight Biden's Overseas Abortion Order

Law would halt funding that supported Uighur genocide

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February 5, 2021

Senate Republicans introduced a resolution Thursday to stop taxpayer funding of overseas abortions, challenging the Biden administration's reversal of the Mexico City policy.

The American Values Act, introduced in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee by Sen. Jim Risch (R., Idaho) and cosponsored by Sens. Todd Young (R., Ind.), Marco Rubio (R., Fla.), Ted Cruz (R., Texas), and Rand Paul (R., Ky.), would block federal funds that pay for or promote abortions overseas. The legislation hopes to stop far-left groups that "hijack" public money for a pro-abortion agenda.

"Pro-abortion groups are hard at work trying to hijack those tax dollars—not to protect our nation, but to perform or promote abortions around the world," Young said in a press release.

An executive order from President Biden last Thursday reversed the Trump administration policy that prohibited taxpayer funding of overseas abortions. The reversal has implications for the ongoing Uighur genocide in Xinjiang, China. A 2017 White House report found federal funds contributed to coercive birth control measures there for the Chinese Muslim minority group.