For a man who allegedly wanted to have his third child aborted, Donald Trump had no problem signing an executive order reinstating a ban on them. His actions will halt U.S. funding to national and international groups that perform abortions or provide information about them. Yet, the Dutch have a not-so-secret plan.
So far, the Democratic legislators have had difficulty stiffening their spines against the new president, with some very notable exceptions. That leaves it up to the Dutch.
Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Lilianne Ploumen made public her plan Tuesday in response to Trump’s executive order, according to SBS. Ploumen would offer international groups that perform abortions or education about abortions the funds to continue.
Ploumen said Trump’s administration risks turning back the clock and undermining all the “advances in women’s health,” SBS reported:
‘We must not let this happen.
‘We need to compensate for this financial blow as much as possible, with a broad-based fund – which governments, businesses and civil society organisations can donate to – so that women can remain in control of their own bodies.’
The World Health Organization [WHO] says that approximately 22 million women have dangerous abortions each year, and most of them are in developing countries. Although, that may change when the order affects organizations in the U.S. such as Planned Parenthood.
According to a 2008 report from the WHO, almost 50,000 women die each year from abortion complications.
The Netherlands’ plan provides international funding to organizations that provide women seeking access to “birth control, abortion and education for women in developing countries.”
Her plan, according to SBS, is to develop this new fund that can be:
‘Supported by governments, businesses and social organizations to “compensate this financial setback as much as possible.”‘
Ever since 1984, Democratic and Republican administrations have been batting the ban back and forth. Republicans put it in place, then every time a Democratic administration comes into power, it rescinds it. The last time a president lifted it was in 2009 by President Barack Obama.
Already, the Donald Trump ban has garnered a nickname from supporters as the “Mexico City Policy.” Those who dislike the ban call it the “global gag rule.”
When Trump signed his executive order, a photo showed a group of men surrounding him. That speaks volumes about Republicans trying to control women.
Check out Planned Parenthood’s explanation of the global gag rule in the video below, via YouTube:
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