President Donald Trump’s reinstatement of the Mexico City Policy put an end to American taxpayer funding for international “aid” organizations that push abortion. Nigerian-born activist Obianuju Ekeocha, a leading voice against Western funding for abortion in the developing world, congratulated the U.S., arguing that the reinstated policy isn’t a “gag rule,” but “good news” for Africa, where over “80% of African countries are against abortion not only by law but also by overwhelming public opinion …”
But several Western nations (notably not the developing countries most affected by the policy) are conspiring to counteract the pro-life Mexico City Policy. “The Dutch government has voiced hope that the UK will join 20 countries to set up a safe abortion fund to fill the gap left by Donald Trump’s ‘global gag rule,’” The Guardian reports:
Lilianne Ploumen, the Dutch international development minister, is leading an international campaign to raise $600m (£480m) to compensate for the Trump administration’s ban. …
Belgium, Denmark and Norway have joined the Netherlands in pledging $10m each, while at least 15 other countries are preparing to join the scheme, including Canada, Cape Verde, Estonia, Finland and Luxembourg.
“What is actually most disheartening is that these Western countries who are coming together to raise funds for the so-called Safe Abortion Initiative have not even thought to ask the Africans what they want or how they feel [about abortion],” Ekoecha says in the video.
Read more at The Stream.