Biden reverses global abortion 'gag rule' and expands Obamacare

Biden reverses global abortion 'gag rule' and expands Obamacare
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  • calendar-gray 29 January 2021

US President Joe Biden has reversed a ban on federal funds going to international aid groups that perform or inform about abortions, APA reports citing BBC.

He said the ending of the so-called Mexico City Policy reverses former President Trump's "attack on women's health access".

The memo orders a review of a Trump-era policy blocking funding for US clinics that offer abortion referrals as well.

Mr Biden also signed an edict expanding the Obamacare insurance programme.

"I'm not initiating any new law, any new aspect of the law," he said in the White House Oval Office on Thursday, responding to criticism that he was governing by executive order, rather than congressional legislations.

"There is nothing new that we're doing here other than restoring the Affordable Care Act ... to the way it was before Trump became president," he added.

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