US President Joe Biden scraps US funds for abortion counseling

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The White House said Joe Biden is repealing so-called Mexico City policy. (File)

Washington:

US President Joe Biden will dive into a political minefield on Thursday as he lifts a ban on US funding for abortion counseling by international organizations.

The move is part of a comprehensive package of health-related actions by the new Democratic President at a time when the country is standing out from Covid-19 and, as always, grappling with a health system that leaves millions of people uninsured.

The White House said an executive order will reopen the online health insurance market under what is known as Obamacare. The plan offers uninsured people and people who lost insurance during the Covid-19 economic crisis the opportunity to get insurance coverage.

The government exchange will open on February 15th for a period of three months.

More controversially, the White House said Biden was repealing so-called Mexico City policies, which prohibit US funding for international nonprofits that provide abortion counseling or referrals.

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Politics is a political table tennis ball that Republican presidents enacted for years and Democratic presidents withdrawn.

Also on abortion, the White House said Biden ordered the government to review rules under Donald Trump’s administration that prevented government-funded family planning clinics in the US from referring women for abortions.

(Except for the headline, this story was not edited by GossipMantri staff and published from a syndicated feed.)

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