Pro-abortion international leaders managed to raise $300 million to promote abortions world-wide this year after United States President Donald Trump prohibited taxpayer funding to groups that promote or perform abortions overseas.
The Netherlands launched the pro-abortion “She Decides” campaign in January. Since then, more than a dozen countries have signed onto the program and promised to give millions of their taxpayers’ money to promote abortions.
The AP reports countries have dedicated 260 euros (about $305 million) to the pro-abortion campaign so far.
“It’s fantastic to see how the funding gap is shrinking month by month,” said Lilianne Ploumen, the Dutch foreign trade minister who has taken charge of the pro-abortion effort.
Ploumen, who claims to be a Catholic, added, “[It’s] very good news for millions of women and girls in developing countries.”
The money to promote the killing of unborn babies comes from taxpayers in the Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Canada, Belgium and other countries, as well as from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, according to NPR. Other supporting countries include Rwanda, Chad, South Africa, South Korea, Senegal, Nigeria and Mozambique.
In March, the countries’ leaders held a meeting in Belgium to plan the new pro-abortion fund. They estimated that they would need to make up about $600 million per year in lost U.S. funding. At the time, they had raised close to $200 million.
One of the private donations came from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – a sum of $20 million, according to the AP. Another anonymous U.S. donor pledged $50 million, conference organizers said.
Canada, Finland and Sweden each promised $20 million, while Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands and Norway dedicated $10 million to the abortion fund, according to the report. Other countries also pledged smaller amounts.
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After Trump’s order in January, lawmakers in the Netherlands — one of the few countries where the barbaric practice of child euthanasia is legal, in addition to abortion – proposed the creation of the new global abortion fund to make up for the money the U.S. no longer will provide.
No one knows exactly how many unborn babies are aborted every year across the world. Some research groups put the number at about 50 million, but others say the number likely is smaller. It also is not clear how many of those unborn babies were killed in abortions with U.S. taxpayer dollars during the Obama administration.
As LifeNews.com reported, the Mexico City Policy, which Trump reinstated on Jan. 23 by executive order, also was in place during the entirety of the George W. Bush administration. President Barack Obama rescinded it during his first week in office.
Named for a 1984 population conference where President Ronald Reagan initially announced it, the Mexico City Policy made it so family planning funds could go only to groups that agree not to do abortions or lobby foreign nations to overturn their pro-life laws.
The policy does not stop non-abortion international assistance. It ensures U.S. foreign aid will continue to go to health care and humanitarian relief in the millions of dollars. It just will not subsidize abortions overseas.
When Trump signed the order to restore the policy, pro-life advocates were delighted that the International Planned Parenthood, Marie Stopes International and other abortion groups would no longer receive taxpayer dollars to promote or perform abortions.
Trump updated the Mexico City Policy by directing the Secretary of State to implement a plan that expands the policy across all global health assistance funding. This means taxpayer dollars will not support organizations that promote or participate in the management of a coercive abortion program — like China’s two-child policy that includes forced abortions.
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), for example, is one such organization, with a long history of supporting China’s oppressive population control regime.