The most likely candidate for action is the so-called "Mexico City policy," known by its detractors as the "global gag rule." It prohibits U.S. foreign aid assistance to international family planning groups that "perform or promote" abortion. The policy, named for the conference at which it was drafted in 1984, was first instituted by President Ronald Reagan in 1984; rescinded by President Clinton on Jan. 22 1993; then reinstituted by President George W. Bush on Jan. 22, 2001. Abortion-rights supporters say the change would be more than symbolic. "It would be huge," says Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO), co-chair of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus. "By the U.S. restricting women's rights to reproductive planning internationally, it really destroys their lives. Because they can't control the size of their family, that affects their use of resources and food and child nutrition and so many other things. The way to increase the stability in third world countries, frankly, is for sensible family planning." 'Roe V. Wade' Anniversary Could Bring Policy Change : NPR GOBAMA!!!!