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Belgium to host conference promoting abortion in developing nations

by | Feb 14, 2017

Editor’s note. This comes from SPUC–the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children.

The gathering is in response to President Donald Trump’s reinstating of the Mexico City Policy, which critics call the “global gag rule.”

The modest step to prevent US aid money being used by agencies that promote abortion as a method of family planning has been met with outrage around the world. Dutch international development minister, Lilianne Ploumen, instantly set up plans for an “international safe abortion fund” to replace lost US funding.

Now the Belgian government has announced it will host the “She Decides” meeting on March 2. So far, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Denmark have already committed a combined 30 million euros to the fund.

Cultural imperialism

Pro-Life campaign group Culture of Life Africa welcomed the reinstating of the Mexico City Policy, calling foreign promotion of abortion in Africa, where it is mostly illegal, “a form of extreme interventionism” and “cultural imperialism.”

Spokeswoman Obianuju Ekeocha also pointed out that “humanitarian aid money given to abortion organizations is humanitarian aid money not used for real healthcare, education, nutrition and water.” This contrasts with an article in the Guardian today, in which NGOs [Non-Governmental Organizations] claimed that the withdrawal of funding for abortion will lead to more deaths in developing countries.

Pushing a pro-abortion agenda

“The panic which this very modest measure – a democratic leader deciding how his country’s aid budget is spent – is revealing of how desperate abortion providers are to push their agenda on developing nations,” said SPUC’s international director, Maria Madise. “If the countries behind this fund really care about women, they should direct aid to improving maternal health and other areas that really benefit communities.

She added, “Perhaps we should not be surprised that countries who place so little value on their own children (Belgium has recently introduced child euthanasia, and the Groningen protocol in the Netherlands allows for infanticide) are so keen to push an agenda that undermines the value of life on developing countries.”

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