Denmark Will Spend $37 Million on Abortion After President Trump Defunds Intl Planned Parenthood

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 19, 2017   |   3:18PM   |   Washington, DC

Politicians in Denmark have approved a plan to spend 37 million dollars funding abortion after president Donald Trump made a decision in the early days of his presidency to defund the international Planned Parenthood abortion business.

In January, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to defund the International Planned Parenthood abortion business.

When pro-abortion former President Barack Obama took office, Obama overturned the Mexico City Policy that prevented funding of groups that promote or perform abortions overseas. The Mexico City Policy covered over $400 million in federal funds, part of which flowed to the abortion businesses International Planned Parenthood and Marie Stopes International for their foreign efforts.

The pro-life policy had been in place during the entirety of the Bush administration and Obama rescinded it on his first week in office. Named for a 1984 population conference where President Reagan initially announced it, the Mexico City Policy made it so family planning funds could only go to groups that would agree to not do abortions or lobby foreign nations to overturn their pro-life laws.

Trump restored the Mexico City Policy by executive order to stop taxpayer funding of groups that perform and promote abortions overseas but it does not stop non-abortion international assistance. The order 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.

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Responding to that, pro-abortion countries are stepping up their abortion funding:

Denmark’s Prime Minister has announced a multi-million pound donation to support vulnerable women in conflict zones and in response to Donald Trump scrapping funding for overseas family planning clinics.

Lars Løkke Rasmussen told broadcaster DR that the government would give 315 million kroner (£37 million) to organisations that help women at risk of rape, human trafficking and forced marriage.

“This is a clear signal to America. If somebody drops the torch, others must pick it up. The world needs leadership,” Mr Rasmussen said.

Groups that do those things without also performing and promoting abortions would qualify for the funds in the United States.

In May, the Trump administration expanded the pro-life Mexico City Policy by drastically increasing the amount of global health assistance funds and government programs that will be covered under the policy.

The administration modernized the policy to cover all foreign health assistance provided by government agencies including the State Department, U.S. Agency for International Development, the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, and the Department of Defense. Previously the policy only covered family planning funds.