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Isabella Lovin delivers remarks at the "Our Ocean" conference in Washington, U.S., September 16, 2016.   (REUTERS/Gary Cameron)
Isabella Lovin delivers remarks at the "Our Ocean" conference in Washington, U.S., September 16, 2016. (REUTERS/Gary Cameron)


Deputy Prime Minister of Sweden promises funding to abortion advocates to combat Trump ban

By WITW Staff on February 9, 2017

Deputy Prime Minister of Sweden Isabella Lövin condemned President Donald Trump in an Op-Ed published by The Guardian on Wednesday, writing that Trump’s decision to end American aid to organizations that in any way advocated a woman’s right to abortion was “catastrophic” and represented a “curtailment of human rights.”

“It should be self-evident that women have the right to make decisions about their own bodies,” Lövin wrote. “Yet throughout history, those in power — usually men — have tried to control women’s bodies.”

The Deputy Prime Minister didn’t stop at condemning Trump. Noting that there was a “worrying trend with the E.U. and elsewhere towards trying to hamper women’s freedoms, especially when it comes to sexual and reproductive rights,” Lövin promised that the Swedish government would take on a larger role in protecting women’s rights worldwide.

As part of that process, she announced that Sweden would be increasing its funding to the U.N. population fund (UNFPA), the U.N. programme on HIV/Aids (UNAIDS), and the global fund — three key institutions that work to protect women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights. In addition, she declared that the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) has been given orders to produce proposals on how to strengthen support for groups working on women’s reproductive rights, while Swedish embassies have begun “strategic advocacy efforts” to encourage more countries to contribute.

“The most controversial issue is also the most basic: the right to decide over your own body, sexuality and reproduction,” Lövin concluded. “There are still many women who are unable to decide whom to marry, whom to have sex with or when to have children. This is absurd, and should be relegated to the annals of history. The question remains: who should decide over a woman’s body, if not herself?”

Read the full story at The Guardian.


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