EXCLUSIVE: Obama Postpones Repealing 'Global Gag Rule'

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CBNNews.com - CBN News has learned that President Barack Obama will not overturn the Mexico City Policy, which would enable taxpayer dollars to be used for federally funded abortions.

Under the policy, federally funded NGOs must pledge that they will "neither perform nor actively promote abortion as a method of family planning in other nations," except in the case of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother.

A new study shows most Americians are against abortion. Click play for more with Peggy Hartshorn of Heartbeat International.

The Mexico City Policy, known by critics as "The Global Gag Rule," was instituted under President Reagan in 1984, but revoked under President Clinton in January 1993. Clinton said it was "excessively broad" and "undermined efforts to promote safe and efficacious family planning programs in foreign nations."

In 2001, President Bush reinstated the policy as his first executive order, on the grounds that it "should not be used to pay for abortions or advocate or actively promote abortion, either here or abroad."

Pro-life activists may find encouragement in the President's decision not to revoke this policy today, the day that marks the 36th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

However, Obama is still expected to overturn the Mexico City Policy early in his administration.

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