Mexico City Policy

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Mexico City Policy

The Mexico City policy or the “Gag rule” was a policy implemented by the Reagan administration. The policy states that any non-governmental organization or NGO that receives government funding shall not perform or promote abortion services. Throughout history the policy has been revoked and then put back into action depending on what party is elected. The Republican Party seems to implement the policy, while the Democratic Party dismisses it. Republican candidates such as George Bush and Ronald Reagan are all for the policy but, Democrats like Bill Clinton and Barack Obama all oppose the policy. The policy is known as a form of neocolonialism. Neocolonialism is the economic and political policies by which a great power indirectly maintains or extends its influence over other areas or people. This topic has caused so much confusion in history. Being that this topic can control many variables such as population and unwanted pregnancies this policy is a major issue in our country.

The U.S foreign policy regarding the use of U.S funds for abortions and its promotion date back to 1973. The Helms amendment was passed in 1973. This amendment prohibits U.S. foreign assistance funds from being used to promote or fund abortions. Ronald Reagan came into office and adopted the policy in 1984 in order to stop counseling about pregnancy options. Reagan also changed the name of the act to Mexico City policy. The intended goal or Manifest function behind this idea is to stop abortions. This goal was intended to control abortions elsewhere since we can’t stop it here in America. The unintended goal or Latent function was that aids rates went up and overpopulation. Neocolonialism is the economic and political policies by which a great power indirectly maintains or extends its influence over other areas or people. Many 3rd world countries in Africa and Asia follow the rule of the policy in order to qualify for the American aid....
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