Australia should fund safe abortion in developing countries.

This letter was published in the Age after Trump outlawed federally funded NGOs from providing or promoting abortions in January 2017.

How wonderful that Belgium is joining the Netherlands in funding access to contraception and safe abortion in developing countries (The Age, 27/1). Australia should be next. The Netherlands announced the fund the day after President Trump revived the usual ban by Republican administrations which forbids the funding of aid organisations that perform or mention abortions. Reproductive health is one of the most neglected aspects of health care in the world’s poorest countries. Our Prime Minister might feel hamstrung by his right-wing colleagues, but this is a chance to assert what I hope are his and our values. I believe the great majority of Australians would be proud to be among the first to help fix this sudden gap in women’s health care.

Tim Read, Brunswick East