In response to President Trump’s reinstatement of the ‘Mexico city policy’ on Monday, which bans U.S. funding from going to international groups that support abortion, the Netherlands is planning to set up an overseas abortion fund to finance projects associated with birth control, abortion and women’s education in developing countries.
Lilianne Ploumen, foreign trade minister for the Dutch government, has said that governments, businesses and social groups worried about the implications of the policy can work together to “compensate this financial setback as much as possible.”
Speaking to colleagues, Ploumen said, “This has far-reaching consequences. First of all, for all those women who have to make, if they want to have a child, a choice, but also for their husbands and children and society as a whole. Banning abortion does not lead to fewer abortions. It leads to more irresponsible practices in back rooms and more maternal deaths.”
The controversial policy immediately sparked concern among women’s health groups that fear it may put lives at risk and lead, adversely, to an increase in unsafe abortions. Mary Stopes International has said it will be forfeiting their USAID funding as they cannot adhere to the policy’s conditions.
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