The Dutch government is calling for an international fund for abortion and contraception.
The move comes in reaction to President
Donald Trump's executive order Monday reinstating the Mexico City
Policy, which would withdraw all federal money from international
organizations that promote abortion.
Lilianne Ploumen, minister for foreign trade and development for the
Netherlands, made the announcement Tuesday, expressing the government's
wish to establish a fund to which governments, corporations and
non-profits could contribute to advance access to abortion worldwide in
order to "compensate this financial setback as much as possible."
The Mexico City Policy was first enacted by President Ronald Reagan in
1984 (named after the city that hosted the U.N. International Conference
on Population, where the policy was first announced), and directed that
the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) withhold federal
funds from international organizations that perform abortions.
President Bill Clinton overturned the policy on the anniversary of
Roe v. Wade in 1993, which was reinstated under President George W. Bush
on Roe's anniversary in 2001.
The Mexico City Policy was once again
reversed under President Barack Obama in 2009.