Looks like another person has stepped in to counteract Donald Trump’s stupidity.
On Wednesday the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised that over the next three years there would be $650 million put towards sexual education throughout the world and reproductive health services for women.
Per Vice News, during an event in Ottawa that was in recognition of International Women’s Day Trudeau stated:
‘Like men, women should be able to choose when they want to start a family, how big their family should be, and who they want to start that family with.’
‘When women have equal power and equal weight and equal leadership influence, the kinds of decisions are better.’
In January President Trump publicized his plan to reinstate the global gag rule, which is a policy of the U.S. government that prohibits organizations receiving federal aid for educating individuals about abortion or offering abortion services. It has been used off and on by Democrats and Republicans for years, depending on which party is in the White House.
The promise made by Trudeau is directed toward female genital mutilation along with forced marriages, gender-based violence, and allows access for women to have abortions that are safe, legal, and provide the appropriate medical care necessary.
Marie Stopes International, which offers abortion services worldwide, warns that this policy could have a detrimental outcome in regards to women’s health. They projected that over the next four years there would be 6.5 million unwanted pregnancies, 2.2 million abortions, and 21,700 deaths due to the federal funding prohibiting their services.
A 2015 report from the International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology says that it is misguided to assume that limiting the accessibility of abortion services will necessarily reduce the number of abortions performed. When women’s access to the proper abortion services, which are legal and safe, are cut off, it doesn’t make women decide against an abortion. But what it does is increase the desperation of some women who in turn will opt for an abortion that is performed by non-healthcare professionals with unsanitary and unsafe conditions.
The head author of the report from 2015, Susheela Singh, mentioned to the Huffington Post:
‘When women want to end a pregnancy they find a way. Even in countries with very restrictive laws, women are still seeking abortions.’
In the beginning of the year, the Netherlands pledged $10 million over the next four years towards global funding to ensure access to safe abortion services. The reinstatement Trump made for the gag rule resulted in a $600 million funding gap.
In February, Norway hopped on board by pledging $10 million. There is word from the media that several other countries have pledged to support the fund – Sweden, Denmark, Belgium, Luxembourg, Finland, Canada and Cape Verde.
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