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Restoration of the Mexico City Policy

Memorandum Issued by on Wednesday 28 March 2001


The Mexico City Policy announced by President Reagan in 1984 required foreign nongovernmental organizations to agree as a condition of their receipt of Federal funds for family planning activities that such organizations would neither perform nor actively promote abortion as a method of family planning in other nations. This policy was in effect until it was rescinded on January 22, 1993.

It is my conviction that taxpayer funds appropriated pursuant to the Foreign Assistance Act should not be given to foreign nongovernmental organizations that perform abortions or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning in other nations. Accordingly, I direct that, except as otherwise provided below in section III, the paragraphs set forth below be included, as specified, in the Standard Provision that was issued in Contract Information Bulletin 99-06 entitled “Voluntary Population Activities (March 1999)” for use in all new grants and cooperative agreements awarded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) that provide assistance for family planning activities.

In addition, except as otherwise provided below, these paragraphs are to be included in the Standard Provision when any existing grant or cooperative agreement for family planning activities is amended to add new funding. The FY 2000 population certification requirements issued in Contract Information Bulletin 00-04 remain in effect until September 30, 2001.

The foregoing directive accomplishes the objective of my January 22, 2001, Memorandum to the USAID Administrator—to reinstate in full all of the requirements of the Mexico City Policy in effect on January 19, 1993—and is issued pursuant to the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 104 of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended (22 U.S.C. 2151b).

I. Grants and Cooperative Agreements with U.S. Nongovernmental Organizations

Paragraph (e) is replaced by the following paragraphs (e) and (f), which are to be included in the Standard Provision for use in assistance agreements with United States nongovernmental organizations:

II. Grants and Cooperative Agreements with Non-U.S., Nongovernmental Organizations

Paragraph (e) is replaced by the following paragraphs (e) and (f), which are to be included in the Standard Provision for grants and cooperative agreements with non-United States, nongovernmental organizations:

III. Exceptions

The paragraphs set forth in sections (I) and (II) above may be omitted from the Standard Provision in the situations described below:

You are authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in theFederal Register .

Citation: 66 FR 17303
 

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