The Dutch are opposing Trump by offering to fund abortions abroad

President Trump’s decision to reinstate a policy blocking federal money for nongovernmental organizations that perform abortion-related services was harshly criticized by opponents this week. One European ally of the U.S., the Netherlands, has decided to openly oppose the president’s decision in the latest sign of a growing transatlantic rift.

According to the Dutch development ministry, as many as 20 other nations have indicated that they might support the country’s effort to fund programs with about $600 million in total over the next two to three weeks. This would fill the predicted financial gap caused by Trump’s policy change over the next four years.

“As well as contacting a number of European countries that we work with on these issues, we’re also in touch with countries in South America and Africa, as well as the foundations. It’s important to have the broadest possible support for the fund,” Lilianne Ploumen, the Netherlands’ international development minister, was quoted as saying by the British Guardian newspaper. She did not name the other countries interested in providing funding but neighboring Belgium announced Wednesday that it supported the idea.