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>> Nearly $9 billion in annual US foreign aid would be withheld under a policy preventing taxpayer money from going to anyone that provides or promotes abortion. The Trump administration on Monday greatly expanding its existing ban on funding for family planning. June Torbati is covering the story.>> So what the State Department and the Trump administration announced today is a vast expansion and a vast change from what even previous Republican administrations had decided to do.
>> US law already prohibits taxpayer dollars being used to pay for abortions both at home and abroad. Since Ronald Reagan, Republican presidents have taken that ban one step farther. The so called Mexico City policy blocks funding for groups that rely on other sources of money to pay for abortions.
>> Previously relatively narrow streams of funding were limited in this way about $600 million worth and now that's been vastly expanded to $8.8 billion. Nearly $9 billion of US funding for all sorts of global health programs.>> But it has women's health advocates up in arms.>> Because they say that it limits vulnerable women and children's access to family planning to maternal and childcare programs.
Their argument basically is that many groups all around the world that also talk about abortion or provide abortion services also provide really crucial healthcare for women and children.>> The ban doesn't apply to money flowing to the United Nations or the World Health Organization. It also won't apply to disaster relief.