REALity Volume XXXVI Issue No. 3 March 2017
On January 23, 2017, just three days after his inauguration, U.S. President Donald Trump announced that he would reinstate the Mexico City policy which provides that no U.S. family planning funds would go to international or foreign organizations unless they agree to refrain from doing abortions and lobbying foreign nations to overturn their pro-life laws. This halts U.S. funding, for example, to International Planned Parenthood Federation and the Marie Stopes International abortions service (which was recently caught performing illegal abortions in Uganda).
The Mexico City policy was named for a 1984 population conference where U.S. President Ronald Reagan initially announced the policy.
It is noteworthy that President Trump’s Executive Order does not stop non-abortion international assistance in third world countries, so U.S. foreign aid will continue to go to health care and humanitarian relief.
This Executive Order goes further than the previous Mexico City policy implemented by Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush, as it now applies to all US global health assistance funding of all government departments and agencies. Significantly, this prohibits U.S. funding to the frightful UN agency, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) which incessantly promotes not only population control world-wide, but also forced abortions, such as occurs in China’s two-child policy. Under former President Obama, from 2009 to 2011, over $300 million was donated to UNFPA.
The Netherlands Establish a New Global Abortion Fund
The Netherlands has decided to replace the $600 million eliminated by Mr. Trump’s decision to re-instate the Mexico City policy, by establishing an international global abortion fund. The Netherlands has dedicated $10 million to this fund. Such an initiative is not surprising: sadly the Netherlands has become a nation without moral boundaries. Anything goes for citizens of that country – legalized prostitution and drugs, euthanasia, even for alcoholics and minor children, and, of course, abortion.
The Netherlands has approached other countries including Canada to contribute to this fund.
Canada’s Gift to the International Abortion Fund
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau could not resist strutting on the international stage by grandly announcing that the Canadian taxpayers would be contributing to this new global abortion fund.
As a result, Canada’s International Development Minister, Marie-Claude Bibeau, announced on January 27th, 2017 that Canada would increase its international assistance budget for sexual and reproductive health rights (abortion).
Canada now joins Sweden, Denmark, Belgium, Luxemburg, Finland and Cape Verde to form the group of eight to kill babies abroad by abortion. This approach to poverty in the developing world is imperialistic and neo-colonialist, in that it encourages the killing of babies in these countries, rather than assisting the countries in the elimination of poverty, which is the real problem. Justin Trudeau has disgraced Canadians by using taxpayers’ money to join this fund.
Justin Trudeau’s decision also directly contradicts the international abortion policies of former Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper. In 2010, Mr. Harper launched the Muskoka Initiative, which provided maternal newborn and child health care in poor countries, but specifically excluded abortion from the program. In 2014, Canada increased its contribution to the maternal health fund, and Mr. Harper again excluded abortion, citing its controversy, and the lack of international consensus. Upon his election, Justin Trudeau quickly added abortion services to Canada’s funding of the Muskoka Maternal and Health Initiative.
Please contact Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the Minister of International Development Marie-Claude Bibeau, and your MP, letting them know that donating Canadian taxpayers’ money to assist in the killing of unborn children in third world countries is absolutely unacceptable and an embarrassment to Canada.
Their addresses are as follows:
The Right Honourable Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
House of Commons
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON Canada K1A 0A6
The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, P.C., M.P.
Minister of International Development and La Francophonie
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON Canada K1A 0A6
Your Member of Parliament (MP)
c/o House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6