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For years, the United States has been an important partner to help bring these numbers down. With a yearly budget of over $600 million for family planning and reproductive health programs, many women and couples around the world received contraceptive services and supplies. Every year, according to the Guttmacher Institute, two million unsafe abortions were prevented and over 11.000 deaths were averted.
But these gains are now at risk. The reinstatement of the so-called Mexico City Policy prohibits US government funding of organizations that provide access to (information about) abortions. Many of these organizations also provide access to family planning and HIV/AIDS prevention.
We cannot let that happen. Women and girls should have the right to make their own choices. They should have access to adequate health care.
That is why Lilianne Ploumen, the Dutch minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, decided to launch the She Decides – Global Fundraising Initiative. It aims to ensure that millions of women and girls are in charge of their own bodies.
The financial contributions for the She Decides -Global Fundraising Initiative will be made available to organizations affected by the Mexico City Policy. They will fund reproductive health initiatives in developing countries.
Several governments have already announced they will join the She Decides: Global Fundraising Initiative.
The Initiative is also open to individual contributions. You can help! Donations for She Decides are coordinated by The Rutgers Foundation.
You can find more information and make a donation on the website of shedecides.com