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Abortions in foreign countries has been controversial since 1995 when Republicans began using foreign aid legislation as leverage to gain restriction on overseas abortions The Mexico City Policy know for its name after former President Regans conference in that city was established in 1984 Opponents of this policy call it a global gag rule The policy was a ban on Federal aid money to overseas organizations that provide abortion counseling or speak publicly in support of abortion even if they use their own funds to do so Former President Clinton repealed the Mexico City Policy immediately upon taking office in 1993 US tax dollars have been pumped without restrictions into the coffers of organizations that promote and carry out abortions overseas chief among these being the International Planned Parenthood Federations In January 2001 when President George Bush took office one of his first actions was to sign an executive order banning Federal aid money to overseas organizations that provide abortion counseling President Bush says it is my conviction that taxpayer funds should not be used to pay for abortions advocate or actively promote abortions either here or abroad The International Planned Parenthood Federation believes that this move would result in-groups that provide family planning information being shut down A reproductive right organization sued President Bush challenging the constitutionality of the governments ban on aid for family planning groups that discuss or advocate abortion right abroad The federal lawsuit also names Secretary of State Colin Powel and Andrew Natsios administrator of the US Agency for International Development Planned Parenthood receives 200 million in taxpayer money from the government Currently 54 countries allow abortions which are about 61 percent of the world population The Alan Guttmacher Institute reports approximately 22 million legal abortions were reported in 1987 It is estimated that between four and nine million were not reported totaling 26-31 million legal abortions in 1987 alone There were a total of 10-22 million clandestine abortions
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