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Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Lilianne Ploumen (REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini)

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International lawmakers band together to raise money for pro-abortion groups shunned by Trump

February 28, 2017

Twenty countries have joined a campaign that seeks to raise $600 million to compensate for the Trump administration’s global gag rule, which prohibits foreign aid from being given to any nongovernmental organization that offers or provides information about abortions to women overseas.

Funds raised by the campaign will be used to support programs associated with birth control, abortion, and women’s education in developing countries. The Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark Norway, Canada, Cape Verde, Estonia, Finland, and Luxembourg are among the nations that have joined — or are preparing to join — the initiative, The Guardian reports.

The British government has yet to sign on, but a number of Labour MPs have voiced their support for funding reproductive health care abroad.

The campaign was launched by Lilianne Ploumen, Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation. Last month, she expressed concerns that the global gag rule will drive women to seek out dangerous abortion practices.

Read the full story at The Guardian.


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