Australia To Provide $7.3M To International Planned Parenthood Federation; Move Seen By Many As Rebuke To Mexico City Policy Reinstatement

Devex: Australia responds to the global gag rule
“Australia [Wednesday] announced $9.5 million Australian dollars ($7.3 million) in funding for the International Planned Parenthood Foundation. The move was seen by many as a pointed rebuke to President Donald Trump’s controversial reinstatement of a strengthened ‘global gag rule,’ which bars any foreign NGO that offers or advises on abortion from receiving U.S. funds. The announcement by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop at the 2017 Australasian Aid Conference, in Canberra on Feb. 15, was made in a keynote address that pointedly spoke to the importance of an aid program that supports women and girls…” (Cornish, 2/15).