Noting that Donald Trump does not have “the same priorities” on the right to abortion, Canada joins other countries to fill the financial gap left by the US President’s decision to ban all Funding to organizations associated with abortion.
International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau confirmed Thursday that the Canadian government was joining the initiative launched by her counterpart in the Netherlands just hours after the signing of the presidential decree.
Canada pledged up to $ 20 million to five non-governmental organizations (NGOs) supporting sexual and reproductive health and rights, she said during her participation in the international conference “She Decides” In Brussels, Belgium.
Lilianne Ploumen, the Dutch Minister for International Trade and Development, told the New York Times that she was “very disappointed” and “somewhat surprised” by Donald Trump’s action on 23 January, “Because we are in 2017”.
For her part, Minister Bibeau was more cautious when asked, during a conference call for journalists, what the signing of the decree had inspired her as a reaction.
“I come to the conclusion that we do not have the same priorities,” she offered laughing.
“For us, it’s clear. For Canada, the issue of socio-economic empowerment of women and sexual and reproductive health, it will be a central element of the new policy, “continued M me Bibeau from the Belgian capital.
The minister expects to have “discussions” on Canada-US “development priorities” with her unnamed counterpart to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
“There will be issues on which we will certainly agree and collaborate and others that we will have discussions on and we will work in a complementary way,” she said on the other end.
US $ 200 million
Nations and philanthropists pledged Thursday to provide nearly US $ 200 million to fund family planning.
About 50 countries were represented at the one-day conference, and private donors such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation provided tens of millions of dollars.
The conference chairman, Belgian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander De Groo, announced that an anonymous benefactor has offered US $ 50 million alone.