Eight Countries Will Pay for Free Abortions After Trump Defunded International Planned Parenthood
Eight countries now are working together to create a global abortion fund in response to President Donald Trump reinstating the Mexico City Policy, which prohibits U.S. taxpayer funding to groups that promote or perform abortions overseas.
Reuters reports seven other countries now plan to join the Netherlands in dedicating money to the new abortion fund: Canada, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium, Luxembourg, Finland and Cape Verde.
“If women don’t have control over their bodies and their own fate it can have very serious consequences for global goals of gender rights and global poverty eradication,” Sweden Deputy Prime Minister Isabella Lovin told the news outlet.
The countries’ leaders plan to hold a meeting March 2 in Belgium called “She Decides” to discuss the abortion fund, according to the Washington Post. Organizers said representatives from 50 countries have been invited.
Three of the countries, the Netherlands, Belgium and Denmark, already promised a combined 30 million euros ($32 million) for abortions world-wide, the report states.The other five countries have not committed specific amounts yet.
No one knows exactly how many unborn babies are aborted every year across the world. Some research groups put the number at about 50 million, but others say the number likely is smaller. It also is not clear how many of those unborn babies were killed in abortions with U.S. taxpayer dollars during the Obama administration.
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As LifeNews.com reported, the Mexico City Policy, which Trump reinstated on Jan. 23 by executive order, also was in place during the entirety of the George W. Bush administration. President Barack Obama rescinded it during his first week in office.
Named for a 1984 population conference where President Ronald Reagan initially announced it, the Mexico City Policy made it so family planning funds could go only to groups that agree to not do abortions or lobby foreign nations to overturn their pro-life laws.
The policy does not stop non-abortion international assistance. It ensures U.S. foreign aid will continue to go to health care and humanitarian relief in the millions of dollars. It just will not subsidize abortion overseas.
When Trump signed the order to restore the policy, pro-life advocates were delighted that the International Planned Parenthood, Marie Stopes International and other abortion groups would no longer receive taxpayer dollars to promote or perform abortions.
Further analysis of Trump’s executive order confirms that the president also defunded the pro-abortion United Nations agency.
Trump updated the Mexico City Policy by directing the Secretary of State to implement a plan that expands the policy across all global health assistance funding. This means taxpayer dollars will not support organizations that promote or participate in the management of a coercive abortion program — like China’s two-child policy that includes forced abortions.
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), for example, is one such organization, with a long history of supporting China’s population control regime.