Ben HaywardJanuary 20th
2021

Joe Biden has promised to overturn a controversial abortion policy as one of his first acts as President of the United States. 

Biden and his team have vowed to undo a whole host of policies implemented by the Trump administration, with the new President planning to bring ‘immediate relief’ to Americans as he officially takes office.

One of these is the 'Mexico City' policy or ’global gag rule' which blocks US federal funding to any international organisations that either perform or refer women to abortion services.

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It is common for the policy to be removed or reinstated when new Presidents take office - it was rescinded by Barack Obama when he was elected in 2008, before being reimplemented by Trump in January 2017.

The new White House press secretary, Jen Psaki, said President Biden will also revoke the ban on military service by transgender Americans as well as reversing some of his predecessor's policies on immigration, climate change and the handling of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Biden is also reported to be planning a halt on the construction of the border wall with Mexico, an ending of the so-called ‘Muslim travel ban’ and the rejoining of the US to both the World Health Organisation and the Paris Climate Accord.

The new regime has promised a move away from the Trumpean treatment of the press, with Psaki promising regular press briefings and a renewed commitment to transparency in government. 

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During his victory speech in November, Biden laid out his mission  to reunite America after four years of ‘divisiveness’.

Biden said: “I pledge to be a president who seeks not to divide, but to unify; who doesn't see red states and blue states, only sees the United States.

"It's time to put away the harsh rhetoric, lower the temperature, see each other again, listen to each other again. And to make progress, we have to stop treating our opponents as enemies.”

Let’s hope he delivers on his promises! 

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