More than a dozen foreign countries banded together Thursday in Belgium to create a nearly $200 million fund to push abortions world-wide.
The new “She Decides” abortion fund comes in reaction to U.S. President Donald Trump’s executive order prohibiting U.S. taxpayer funding to groups that promote or perform abortions overseas.
USA Today reports representatives from more than 45 countries attended the meeting Thursday in Brussels to discuss the new abortion fund. About a dozen countries and several private donors pledged money, totaling 181 million euros (about $190 million), according to the report.
One of the private donations came from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – a sum of $20 million, according to the Associated Press. Another anonymous U.S. donor pledged $50 million, according to the conference organizers.
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.
“It is a very powerful signal to the rest of the world that the fundamental right of women and girls to decide over their own lives must be respected,” said Lilianne Ploumen, the Netherlands minister for foreign trade and development cooperation, in a statement about the meeting Thursday.
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.
The United Kingdom is being pressured to give money but has not done so. According to the British pro-life group Life, the UK did send Rory Stewart, a minister for the Department for International Development, to the meeting.
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“[Stewart] said at the conference that the UK is spending £200 million on family planning and abortion overseas, up from £90 million. But no new commitment to the She Decides Fund was made, despite the moderator saying after his presentation that they wanted ‘cash to splash,’” according to Life.
The group applauded the British government for not committing more to the global abortion industry.
“We are obviously deeply disappointed that such vast funds are already being spent on overseas abortion and family planning, but relieved to learn that the Government have resisted pressure from the Dutch government to pour further millions of pounds into this new abortion fund,” spokeswoman Anne Scanlan said.
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 to not 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 abortion overseas.