Mexico City policy also known as the Mexico City gag rule was first initiated in 1984 by President Ronald Regan is a United States government policy that require all (NGOs) non-governmental organizations that receive federal money to refrain from performing or promoting abortion services, as a method of family planning, in countries that receive this funding to discontinue providing abortions and counseling. This policy being named the Mexico City policy has nothing really to do with the town of Mexico City; it was name this because the venue of the United Nations international conference on population is where the policy was announced.
After the establishment of the Mexico City Policy, organizations were required to meet its specified conditions in order to be eligible for federal funding from the United States, and as a result, several international abortion agencies no longer received a portion of their funds from this source. The International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) did not alter its operation and lost more than 20% of its total funding. Other family planning organizations, such as the Family Guidance Association of Ethiopia and the Planned Parenthood Association of Zambia, likewise did not make the changes required by the Mexico City Policy and had their funding cut. NGOs in Romania and Colombia adapted to the new U.S. guidelines and continued to qualify for federal funding.