Women's summit hopes to bridge gap left by US global gag rule

The summit aims to support family planning charities that provide abortion services, information, counselling and referrals.

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Women hold a banner reading "My body my rights my choice" to protest a proposed bill to completely ban abortion in Poland, in front of European institutions in Brussels, Belgium, Oct. 3, 2016. (File photo)

An international conference to raise money for charities providing access to family planning education and safe abortions was held Brussels on Thursday in response to US President Donald Trump reintroducing the global gag rule.

The rule, which was enacted by Ronald Reagan in 1984, prohibits foreign charities from using US federal funding to provide abortion services, information, counselling or referrals.

Development aid ministers from Sweden, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, as well as representatives from over 50 countries attended the 'She Decides' summit.

They hope to bridge the gap left by Trump's reinstated global gag rule. 

Trump's order blocks US funds to any organisation involved in family planning advice and distribution of resources overseas.

TRT World's Kevin Ozebek reports from Brussels, Belgium.

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