Last week, President Biden rescinded the Mexico City policy, which required foreign non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to certify that they will not “perform or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning” before receiving US funds. The policy was first adopted in 1984 during the Ronald Reagan Administration, and it has been abandoned and reactivated over the course of several administrations.
Revoking the policy isn’t particularly popular: 36% approve of rescinding the Mexico City rule, but 42% do not. Nearly four in five Republicans (78%) disapprove of the decision, compared to 44% of Independents and 13% of Democrats.
This is the case despite the fact that over half the public supports abortion being legal in most cases (55%). However, the margin supporting abortion rights in this poll is not overwhelming and is lower than it was in Economist/YouGov polls conducted four years ago. In July 2016, 62% believed abortion should be legal in most or all cases.