After President Trump blocked U.S. aid money from supporting any group that provides or “promotes” abortion in other countries, The Netherlands announced it would launch a fundraising initiative to support any affected organizations.
Now, several other countries — including Sweden, Finland, Belgium and Canada — have signaled their participation.
The “She Decides” fundraiser is the latest development in an international aid dispute that — as NPR’s Nurith Aizenman explained — has been playing out for decades. It centers on the “Mexico City policy,” which blocks U.S. aid from being sent to any international group that provides or “promotes” abortion. That can include providing information about abortion.
Since 1973, the U.S. hasn’t allowed international aid money to directly fund abortions. The only question has been if groups can receive funds for other initiatives. And that has depended on who is in office — Republican presidents enforced the Mexico City policy, while Democratic presidents didn’t.