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President Biden rescinds Mexico City Policy, orders review of Title X protections

Thursday, Jan 28, 2021

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom General Counsel Kristen Waggoner regarding President Joe Biden’s executive order issued Thursday that revokes the Mexico City Policy, which banned the use of federal funds for foreign organizations that provide or promote abortions, and calls for a review of Title X restrictions, which prevent organizations from performing or referring for abortions in family planning programs funded by federal tax dollars:

“President Biden’s latest threat to freedom forces Americans to fund groups that perform or promote elective abortions globally under the guise of ‘protecting women’s health.’ Ordering a review of the Title X restrictions will likely lead to directing American tax dollars to programs in which organizations perform or refer for abortion. In what is plainly an attempt to placate the abortion industry, these executive actions threaten the unborn and strip away the rights of taxpayers who do not wish to participate in funding organizations advocating for abortion. Rather than saving lives and empowering women, President Biden’s order targets women and children while forcing Americans to foot the bill.”

Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith.

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ABOUT Kristen Waggoner

Kristen K. Waggoner serves as general counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom. In this role, Waggoner oversees the U.S. legal division, a team of 100 attorneys and staff who engage in litigation, public advocacy, and legislative support. ADF has represented the prevailing parties in multiple U.S. Supreme Court victories, including Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, which she argued. Waggoner continues as lead counsel in Arlene's Flowers v. State of Washington, which the Supreme Court remanded to the Washington Supreme Court. She argued Uzuegbunam v. Preczewski at the high court in the 2020-21 term. She is a Peer Review Rated AV® Preeminent™ attorney in Martindale-Hubbell, who clerked for Justice Richard B. Sanders of the Washington Supreme Court after law school and served in private practice in Seattle for nearly 20 years. Waggoner is admitted to practice in multiple states, the Supreme Court, and numerous federal district and appellate courts.