The Netherlands sets up international abortion fund in response to Trump's ban
The Netherlands wants to set up an international abortion fund so that women in developing countries have access to birth control, abortion and education. Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Lilianne Ploumen for the Dutch government announced this plan in response to an executive memorandum U.S. President Donald Trump signed on Monday.
Trump signed an executive memorandum that restricts U.S. funding to international groups that perform abortions or provide information about abortions.
Ms. Ploumen wants to launch this new international fund that could be supported by governments, businesses and social organizations to "compensate this financial setback as much as possible."
She told colleagues: “This has far-reaching consequences. First of all, for all those women who have to make, if they want to have a child, a choice, but also for their husbands and children and society as a whole. Banning abortion does not lead to fewer abortions. It leads to more irresponsible practices in back rooms and more maternal deaths.”