article iStock photoThe Trump administration on Monday announced a sweeping new policy aimed at curbing the influence of pro-abortion groups and their political allies in the U.S. and abroad.
The policy, which Trump announced as part of a sweeping legislative overhaul that also included measures aimed at protecting federal agencies from political influence, is intended to “eliminate unnecessary and unnecessary restrictions on the free exercise of religion,” according to the policy document.
Trump’s executive order on Monday also ordered the Secretary of Health and Human Services to create a commission to study “how to better protect the health and well-being of all Americans.”
It is part of the administration’s push to crack down on the influence and influence of abortion providers in the country and abroad, according to administration officials, as well as on abortion rights groups.
The new policy aims to combat “radical ideology, anti-religious propaganda, anti-“abortion ideology, and other forms of religious discrimination” and also “counter violent extremism.
“Trump said the new policy would “improve the quality of life for American families” and would “end the use of taxpayer dollars for abortion.
“It comes as pro-choice activists and politicians have expressed their anger over the administration decision to remove language in a 2014 healthcare law that barred federal funding for abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
The new policy seeks to undo the language, according the policy, as “a critical step in ensuring that our country remains a free and open society that honors life, protects life, and protects life’s dignity.”
According to a report by The Associated Press, the move was welcomed by the pro-lifers, who see it as a victory for their cause.
Trump has previously vowed to repeal the landmark law that bans federal funding to Planned Parenthood and has criticized it for using taxpayer money to provide abortions.
The administration said the funds would be redirected to family planning services.
The decision to withdraw the language in the 2014 healthcare bill is an important step in achieving the President’s stated goal of ending taxpayer funding for abortion,” said Nancy Northup, president of the Center for Reproductive Rights, in a statement.
“The President is working to make sure the next administration’s priorities are not only consistent with the values of the Republican Party but also with the priorities of the American people.”
While the administration has not said how it will use the funds, the U,S.
Agency for International Development (USAID) will transfer $3 billion to fund family planning programs through the end of the year, according its fiscal year 2018 budget proposal.
The money will go toward programs that support women’s health, including health centers, family planning clinics, family-planning centers, and reproductive health centers.
The move comes on the heels of the House Republican plan to cut $600 million from USAID, according USAID.
“This action is a major victory for the President and a strong rebuke to Planned Merck,” said Cecile Richards, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Action Fund, in the statement.
“It is an historic moment for pro-women and pro-family Americans and will help us to advance the Presidents pro-woman agenda.”
The House Republican proposal would slash funding to the US Agency for international Development, which supports health and human services for countries in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Pacific.
The House Republican budget also eliminates funding for the US Interagency Council on Homelessness, which was created in 2016 to help combat homelessness.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.