The Netherlands fights back against Trump with “international fund” for reproductive rights

  • Trump signed an executive order Monday to reinstate the global gag rule.
  • The rule effectively denies federal funding to any nongovernment organizations worldwide that provide abortion services, or even just offer educational information about abortion.
  • The Netherlands is stepping up to the plate with an “international fund” to support birth control, reproductive health and abortion access in the developing world, the Independent reported Wednesday.
  • Lilianne Ploumen, the Dutch minister for foreign trade and development cooperation, announced the plans Tuesday, saying it will “compensate this financial setback as much as possible,” the Associated Press reported. Read more