Abortion Funding and the G7

By Marie Smith, Parliamentary Network for Critical Issues

The Group of Seven (G7) Summit is taking place in the UK from June 11-13 under the presidency of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson with an aim to “build back better from coronavirus, uniting to make the future fairer, greener and more prosperous.” Last year’s G7 Summit under the presidency of President Donald Trump was postponed indefinitely due to the pandemic.

One of six official G7 engagement groups is Women 7 (W7) which is described as bringing together “women’s rights advocacy groups from the G7 countries and around the world committed to women and girls’ rights.” Its objective is “to ensure that G7 leaders adopt concrete commitments that lead to a tangible, lasting and transformative impact on women and girls’ lives in 2021 and beyond”. The “transformative impact on women and girls’ lives” the pro-abortion activists of the W7 seek will be deadly for unborn children during a global crisis that has already ended nearly 3.8 million lives.

The W7 resorted to the use of bullying in its call for the G7 members — Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States— to threaten countries with “isolation from the G7” if any dares to enact pro-life foreign policies like President Trump’s Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance Policy, previously known as the Mexico City Policy, which prevented U.S. taxpayer dollars from going to international NGOs that perform or promote abortion on demand.

The W7 communiqué—Making gender equality a reality, Recommendations to the G7— calls on the G7 to “Agree that future reinstatement of restrictive policies, like the Mexico City Policy, will result in consequences, such as isolation from the G7.”

It wants the G7 to establish a trust fund for abortion access in order to ensure “sustained financial support in the face of any future restrictive policies”—meaning to counter the actions of any future G7 leader who values the lives of unborn children and refuses to enable their demise. Additional funding is also sought for pro-abortion organizations as is the integration of abortion in other programs such as domestic violence hotlines.

The W7 is concerned with the continued existence of NGOs that perform or promote abortion but not with the survival of children in the womb as the groups seeks greater access to their demise. It highlights the latest pro-abortion tactics that have been enacted as temporary measures during the pandemic including telemedicine for abortion consulting and DIY abortion described as “self-managed abortion care” and seeks to have them enacted permanently.

The group laments, “Globally, many countries are now regressing in accessibility of and legal barriers to abortion, and limitations on services and self-managed care are obstacles even in G7 countries, especially for marginalised groups.”

Abortion was advanced “across the W7’s thematic areas” as the group worked on the topics ‘Promoting equality, justice and feminist visions for fairer societies’. The W7 called for “fundamental paradigm-shifts when it comes to protecting women’s bodily autonomy and fully decriminalising abortion, to recognising the role of universal health coverage in building resilient and egalitarian societies after the pandemic, to working together to resist backslide on women and girls’ rights and the entrenchment of inequalities of all kinds, and to valuing wellbeing and social justice over profit, arms and power.”

It seeks expanded access to abortion so “every woman and adolescent girl has access to free, timely, non-judgemental and accessible SRHR services and supplies in a nearby location.”

The W7 calls for the leaders to issue a statement of support for abortion in its closing political declaration and for UN Women’s pro-abortion Generation Equality Forum’ scheduled to meet June 30-July 2 in France: “Support the strongest possible language on bodily autonomy in the G7’s political declaration, aligned with the Generation Equality Forum’s framing and obligating G7 states to make strong commitments at the Forum. This should include explicitly advocating for access to safe abortion, including emergency contraception, telemedicine and self-managed abortion care, and ensuring access to comprehensive sexuality education in and outside of schools.

The W7 is not the only group promoting abortion at the Summit as the G7 health ministers stated in their communiqué: “We affirm our commitment to sexual and reproductive health and rights of all persons…”

Another G7 entity, the Gender Equality Advisory Council, issued recommendations to the G7 on “how to build back better for women and girls and achieve gender equality.” Its first action item includes a call for increased funding for “sexual and reproductive health services” and called on the G7 leaders to “Introduce mandatory, age-appropriate, gender-responsive sex education for all pupils, and teaching on universal rights” in their home countries.

The Council aligned itself with the W7 pro-abortion communiqué calling on the G7 “to take on board the recommendations and advice of the Women 7 and the Generation Equality Forum, and to make bold commitments and deliver game-changing results for women and girls in all their diversity to build back better.”

Leaders from the European Union, Australia, South Africa and South Korea are also attending the Summit with India’s attending virtually.

Outside the Summit, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is being targeted by protestors who seek restoration of UK cuts in aid that affected pro-abortion organizations and UNFPA.