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Inauguration Day 2021: Joe Biden Set To Overturn Ban On Funding For Abortion Services

Kimberley Bond

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Inauguration Day 2021: Joe Biden Set To Overturn Ban On Funding For Abortion Services

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President-Elect Joe Biden has vowed to overturn a controversial abortion policy during his first days in office.

Some of Trump's most inflammatory and controversial changes will be overturned by the new Biden administration, with the 78-year-old looking to bring "immediate relief" to Americans when he takes office on Wednesday, his press team have said.

Among those is the so-called 'Mexico City' policy - also known as the 'global gag rule' - which bans US federal funding for international organisations that perform or refer women for abortion services as a method for family planning.

Democratic candidate Joe Biden will be sworn in today (Credit: PA)
Democratic candidate Joe Biden will be sworn in today (Credit: PA)

Like many of his Republican predecessors, Trump reinstated the policy in January 2017 after it was rescinded by former Democrat president Barack Obama.

Incoming White House press secretary Jen Psaki said President Biden will also revoke the Pentagon's ban on military service by transgender Americans in the coming days.

Biden will expunge some of Trump's flagship policies within just hours after his inauguration, as he will sign a number of executive orders that will reverse his predecessor's orders on immigration, climate change and handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

Donald Trump has left the White House (Credit: PA Images)
Donald Trump has left the White House (Credit: PA Images)

Among Biden's first acts will be reversing construction on the infamous wall with Mexico, as well as ending the travel ban from a number of countries which have Islam as their state religion.

Biden will also see America rejoin the World Health Organisation and the Paris Climate Accord, after Trump withdrew the country from them amid wide criticism,

Jen Psaki has also explained that regular press briefings will be held regularly, with the first of many to take place after the inauguration as the new regime looks to commit to transparency.

Joe Biden wins the US election (Credit: PA Images)
Joe Biden wins the US election (Credit: PA Images)

Biden has previously vowed to "unite" America after he was elected President in November last year.

"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," he said in his victory speech.

"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."

Topics: joe biden, US News, Donald Trump, USA, Politics

Kimberley Bond
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