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Nations, Non-Profit Groups, Individuals Pledge $190M To ‘She Decides’ Initiative

CNN: Donors pledge millions to fill void left by Trump’s ‘global gag rule’
“Dozens of governments and private philanthropists have pledged nearly $200 million for family planning services, after U.S. President Donald Trump banned funding for [foreign] groups linked to abortion…” (Mackintosh, 3/2).

Deutsche Welle: After Trump slashes family planning funds, world convenes to help ensure ‘She Decides’
“…Five weeks after it was launched by Dutch Foreign Trade Minister Liliane Ploumen, the initiative has grown to almost 50 countries plus numerous organizations and foundations. With pledges from governments and institutions, plus $50 million from an American donor who wants to remain anonymous, the one-day drive raised a total of 181 million euros ($190.34 million)…” (Schultz, 3/2).

Devex: Anti-global gag rule fund reaches $190M
“…Countries including Sweden, Belgium, Canada, the Netherlands, Finland, Denmark, Australia, Norway, and Luxembourg pledged more than $110 million between them to the ‘She Decides’ fund for family planning, some of which had been previously announced. An additional $20 million was committed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; as well as $50 million from an anonymous private donor; and a personal donation of $10 million from Sir Christopher Hohn, billionaire founder of the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation…” (Abrahams, 3/2).

The Guardian: U.K. fails to contribute as donors unite to bridge U.S. ‘global gag’ funding shortfall
“The British government failed to join other donors in pledging millions of dollars to an international fund aimed at filling the gap left by Donald Trump’s reimposition of the ‘global gag rule’ … As the contributions poured in, Rory Stewart, minister for international development, restated the U.K.’s existing spending on family planning in developing countries. ‘Having historically put £90m in 2010 into this issue I can confirm that the U.K. government now has a budget of £200m for family planning,’ he told delegates…” (Rankin/Elgot, 3/2).

NPR: $190 Million Raised To Fill Aid Gap Left By Trump’s Abortion Rule
“…[M]ore than a dozen nations and private funders pledged a combined total of $190 million for international family planning charities that stand to lose their U.S. support as a result of President Trump’s Jan. 23 executive action to block U.S. foreign aid funding of [foreign] groups linked to abortion. The policy disqualifies organizations that perform abortions or advocate for the procedure’s legalization, as well as those that provide patients with basic information about abortion or medical referrals to obtain the procedure…” (Aizenman, 3/2).

VOA News: Brussels Meeting Addresses U.S. Ban on Global Health Funding
“…Jen Kates is the vice president and director of global health and HIV policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation … She said the proposed ban on U.S. funding is broad and would affect much more than family planning services. She said funding for other services that an NGO provides also is in jeopardy. ‘It couldn’t receive U.S. HIV support, for example, or maternal and child health support, if it did [abortion-related] services with non-U.S. money,’ she said. ‘So that just opens up the reach of this policy to a much wider range of organizations, which I think has led to some greater concern and urgency and more reaction from a wide range of groups about the implications’…” (Berman, 3/3).

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