Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Netherlands: Help Set Up International Fund In Light of the "Mexico City" Policy

People on top of hierarchies believe they have the right to control the lives of everyone below. When Trump signed the executive order reinstating the ban on contraceptive assistance to anyone even discussing the option of abortion, there were eight men in attendance, all white. No women.

Now the government of the Netherlands says it wants to help set up an international abortion fund to help families across the world after US President Donald Trump reinstated the so-called Mexico City policy.

Dutch official Lilianne Ploumen said that the lack of financial support will lead to "dangerous backroom procedures and higher maternal mortality. This decision has far-reaching consequences above all for the women it affects, who should be able to decide for themselves if they want a child, but also for their husbands and children and for society as a whole," Ploumen, the Dutch minister for foreign trade and development cooperation, said in a statement. "Banning abortion does not reduce the number of abortions."