Campaign in protest of Trump raises $190 million … for abortions

Campaign in protest of Trump raises $190 million … for abortions

An international coalition of organizations raised $190 million Thursday to replace funding lost because of President Donald Trump’s executive order banning U.S. aid to groups that provide or promote abortions overseas.

Trump reinstated the “Mexico City policy” Jan. 23 in one of his first moves as president. Also known as the “global gag rule,” it is expected to have a $600 million impact on worldwide abortion funding.

Representatives from numerous nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and about 50 different national governments attended the “She Decides” conference Thursday in Brussels. Organizers said the total amount from pledges reached 181 million euros ($190 million), with Sweden and Finland being the highest contributors, at $21 million each.

Will this presidential election be the most important in American history?

Organizers said they aim to match the entire shortfall from the “Mexico City policy” in the near future.

“This is not an event or movement against something or someone. I think that the Trump administration’s decision is the wrong decision,” Belgian minister Alexander De Croo told Reuters. “These 50 countries are going to work together to make sure that the impact of that decision on the field is going to be minimal.”

The French government recently criminalized information websites that “exert psychological or moral pressure” on pregnant women to not go through with an abortion. Violators will face up to two years in prison and a 30,000 euro ($32,000) fine.

Conservative lawmakers and the Catholic church call the ban a threat to freedom of expression in France.

his report, by Jacob Bojesson, was cross-posted by arrangement with the Daily Caller News Foundation.

LU Staff

LU Staff

Promoting and defending liberty, as defined by the nation’s founders, requires both facts and philosophical thought, transcending all elements of our culture, from partisan politics to social issues, the workings of government, and entertainment and off-duty interests. Liberty Unyielding is committed to bringing together voices that will fuel the flame of liberty, with a dialogue that is lively and informative.


For your convenience, you may leave commments below using Disqus. If Disqus is not appearing for you, please disable AdBlock to leave a comment.